'GO GET THEM!' President Trump Responds to Covington Student's MASSIVE Lawsuit

Четверг, 21 Фев, 2019

They are claiming the Washington Post falsely accused him and other students of racist acts as well as instigating a confrontation with Native American protester Nathan Phillips at a Washington, D.C.pro-life rally in January.

President Trump celebrated news of the lawsuit on Twitter Wednesday, saying, "Go get them, Nick".

The suit was filed in US District Court in Kentucky, Reuters news agency reported, and it states that the sum - which is for "compensatory and punitive damages" - is what Amazon.com founder and the world's richest man Jeff Bezos paid to buy the newspaper.

Phillips, a Native American elder, was attending an Indigenous People's March at the National Mall at the same time.

"It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: I've got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial", Phillips told the Post.

The US teenager at the centre of a viral video controversy featuring a Native American in Washington is now suing a media organisation for $250 million.

Following the incident, a statement was released by a public relations firm on Sandmann's behalf in which he claimed he had been singled out by Phillips and that he was only "helping to [defuse] the situation".

The Washington Post stands accused in the lawsuit of practicing "a modern-day form of McCarthyism" and for using its financial resources to publish false and defamatory print and online articles to smear a kid.

Other Covington students could be seen in the background.

But longer videos of the incident showed Mr Philips and a small group with him had intervened to place themselves between the students and a street preacher from the Black Israelites, who was abusing the students through a megaphone.

The lawsuit claimed the WaPo "ignored basic journalist standards", when reporting on the story.

The Jan. 18 incident was the subject of a viral video and numerous media reports, after, the complaint alleges, a short video of the encounter was initially perceived to be showing Sandmann and other Covington students - many of them wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats - as blocking Phillips' path and mocking him as he beat a drum.

"To make these charges and lawsuits and say it's all political and The Post hates Trump and that's why this was done, it was malice, I think that's a much tougher case to make in a courtroom", Kurtz said.

The Washington Post is reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and plans to "mount a vigorous defense", according to spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly.