“The students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be.”
President Donald Trump is expected to meet as soon as Wednesday with the students who were involved in a viral standoff during the March for Life, Fox News host Laura Ingraham reported Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE on the new #LauraIngrahamPodcast — the Covington Catholic students threatened by the leftist internet mob will be meeting with @realDonaldTrump at the White House as early as tomorrow. @iTunes @PodcastOne
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 22, 2019
Many liberals were outraged and upset, with some saying it proved once and for all that the president is a racist.
Trump has invited the boys from Covington Catholic to the White House.
Meanwhile he hasn't invited a single survivor of hate violence during his entire presidency to the White House.
Call Trump what he is: a racist & white supremacist.
— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) January 22, 2019
A number of Twitter users wondered why Trump had not invited their preferred guests to the White House.
James Shaw, Jr. took a bullet stopping a mass shooter at a Waffle House in Tennessee, and then raised over $200k for the shooter's victims and their families.
Not even a word of thanks from the President.
And yet, this:https://t.co/lxVUat93JQ
— Andray (@andraydomise) January 22, 2019
Others blamed him for “systemic racism.”
Black boys who,
walk to the store, play in a park, stand in the backyard, walk down the street..
… get murdered by cops
White boys who,
harass women, scream “it’s not rape if you enjoy it,“ mock & harass Native Americans..
…get invited to the WHhttps://t.co/MBM9Vj4zBA
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 23, 2019
The students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky have faced online condemnation harassment because of their confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips during the anti-abortion rally Friday in Washington, DC. Based on a misleading early clip of the standoff and Phillips’ misrepresentations to the press, journalists and celebrities rushed to paint the boys as a kind of bigoted white mob― and poster boys from Trump’s America.
Additional videos and accounts, including by Sandmann and Phillips, soon debunked the original narrative, showing that the Native American activist had actually been the aggressor. Amid conservative pushback, news outlets like The New York Times amended their coverage, and liberal commenters deleted their over-the-top condemnations, and in some cases, apologized. Others tried to hold their ground.
Trump took the Covington students’ side in a Tuesday morning tweet, saying that “they have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be.”
Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
Phillips, who has repeatedly changed his account of the incident, suggested the boys be expelled in a recent interview and declined an invitation to meet with them personally.
“At first I wanted the teachers and chaperones to be reprimanded, some fired, for letting this happen,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “For the students, I was against any expulsions, but now I have to revisit that.”
Asked about a Cincinnati restaurant owner’s offer to pay for his travel to “break bread” with the students, Phillips said “it’s not the right time.”
The White House has not confirmed the meeting between Trump and the Covington students.