Trump defends Covington students, says they were ‘treated unfairly…smeared by media’
January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Tonight, President Donald Trump tweeted in support of the Covington Catholic High School students “smeared by media,” noting early judgments about the kids’ encounter with a Native American activist were proven to be false.
Trump tagged Tucker Carlson in his tweet. The FOX News host had used his Monday opening monologue to explain the situation to viewers.
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The media, the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders, left-wing and conservative activists, and even the March for Life itself condemned the “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing students for allegedly harassing a Native American man, a narrative forwarded by a short video of an encounter between Covington students and left-wing activists.
But a full video of the encounter showed a very different situation, with the older man confronting the students and other protestors calling them offensive slurs – and the students remaining calm and not returning the mistreatment in kind.
Trump joins pro-life Republicans Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie, both of Kentucky, in expressing support for the embattled students. A Polish lawmaker has invited the “wrongfully accused” students to address his country’s Parliament, too.
The Diocese of Covington, meanwhile, has yet to apologize to the students for its joint statement with Covington Catholic administrators condemning them and threatening expulsion before more facts came to light.
Tonight, Covington Catholic principal Robert Rowe sent an email to parents informing them that an “independent third-party investigator” is looking into the incident that made their children the subject of death threats and blatantly inaccurate national media coverage.” He also didn’t apologize for the school administration’s initial statement.