You of course remember this guy, Nathan Phillips.
The Native American who was on the other side of the Nicholas Sandmann and the other students from Covington High School.
Remember how the videos later showed that he approached Sandmann, not the other way around?
How Sandmann just stood there while Phillips got right up in his face?
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Breitbart wondered what would happen if the tables were turned and someone walked up to Phillips.
Well, you can imagine how it went….not good for Phillips!
The Western Journal explained more:
Interestingly enough, Nathan Phillips isn’t quite as equable as Nicholas Sandmann when he’s faced with similar treatment. Who would have thought?
Phillips, of course, is the Native American activist best known for sparking a national debate when he began drumming in the face of Sandmann, a high school student, and later claimed the student was blocking him from reaching the Lincoln Memorial.
The full story is much more tortuous than that, but you’ve probably heard it before and going through the various permutations of Phillips’ version of it will only make our collective heads hurt.
Suffice it to say that when more comprehensive video footage came out, it became clear that Phillips’ story didn’t match up with the facts — and that he had put himself in a situation where Sandmann could reasonably feel he was being intimidated.
Fast forward to Monday, where the activist appeared at a protest against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build the border wall.
“Donald Trump may control the White House for the moment, but we are not giving up on what this country can be,” MoveOn.org, one of the organizers of the protest, said on their websites
“And on Presidents Day, tens of thousands of MoveOn members and allies hit the streets to build a vision of a country where all people — including those seeking asylum, immigrants, Muslims, and Black and brown communities — can fully thrive. A country where we won’t be pitted against each other for any politician’s agenda. A country where no president can place himself above the law.”
Also a country where a Nathan Phillips is a qualified speaker on these sorts of things, apparently.
Phillips made an appearance at a protest across from the White House, where he gave a short and mostly coherent speech about why the wall was a bad idea.
“I come to you this morning, humbly, uh, request that you help resist this wall, this national emergency,” Philips said.
“He’s calling for this wall on the southern border. Our indigenous people have been here for time immemorial and the wall that is planned separates families, separates our nations. We don’t see where it’s necessary. We have so many crises here in our country. Homelessness, we have low job reports right now, we need to build up this country instead of building a wall”
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So maybe 30 percent of that was even debatably true, but at least he didn’t bring out a drum.
However, at some point during the festivities, Phillips was approached by an individual who wanted to know why he approached the Covington Catholic High School students, who were in Washington for the March for Life last month.
His response was — well, not Sandmann-esque:
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