'Go get them Nick': Trump cheers on Kentucky student suing the Washington Post for $250 million

'Go get them Nick': Trump cheers on Kentucky student suing the Washington Post for $250 million

Trump tweeted Wednesday after quoting part of the lawsuit. “Go get them Nick. Fake News!”’ data-reactid=”18″>“Covington student suing WAPO,” Trump tweeted Wednesday after quoting part of the lawsuit. “Go get them Nick. Fake News!”

The family of Sandmann filed suit against the Post on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Covington, Ky., alleging the paper published seven “false and defamatory” articles online or in print. They are seeking $250 million in damages, the amount that billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper for in 2013.

Nicholas Sandmann standing before Native American protester Nathan Phillips. (Photo: Kaya Taitano/social media via Reuters)

was seen facing off silently with Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American protester, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. Phillips was beating a drum and praying as several students made a “tomahawk chop” gesture that Native Americans consider racist. Phillips said he heard students chant “Build the wall,” although the recordings don’t support that.’ data-reactid=”34″>Sandmann, a 16-year-old junior at Covington Catholic High School, was seen facing off silently with Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American protester, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. Phillips was beating a drum and praying as several students made a “tomahawk chop” gesture that Native Americans consider racist. Phillips said he heard students chant “Build the wall,” although the recordings don’t support that.

The Covington students, who were in Washington for the anti-abortion March for Life, were waiting for a bus outside the Lincoln Memorial when they were heckled by a different group of protesters identifying themselves as Hebrew Israelites, an African-American religious sect.

The students responded by chanting school fight songs when Phillips and a group of Native American protesters, who were at the end of the Indigenous Peoples March, approached.

also said he meant no disrespect to Phillips. But his lawsuit calls Phillips “a phony war hero [who] was too intimidated by the unruly Hebrew Israelites to approach them, the true troublemakers, and instead chose to focus on a group of innocent children.”’ data-reactid=”39″>Sandmann also said he meant no disrespect to Phillips. But his lawsuit calls Phillips “a phony war hero [who] was too intimidated by the unruly Hebrew Israelites to approach them, the true troublemakers, and instead chose to focus on a group of innocent children.”

Trump tweeted four days after the incident. “They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good — maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”’ data-reactid=”41″>“Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” Trump tweeted four days after the incident. “They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good — maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

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