The Covington Catholic kids incident occurred January 18, 2019 in Washington D.C. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when a group of Catholic high school students wearing MAGA hats attended the March for Life and were waiting for a bus home to Covington, Kentucky, were accosted and harassed.
Mainstream media, Democratic party members of Congress, Hollywood celebrities and liberals called for violence against the students and falsely accused them of confronting American Indian professional activist Nathan Phillips. Phillips has falsely claimed to be a "Vietnam veteran." The group of predominantly white students remained passive and non-threatening throughout while being taunted and abused with racial epithets by leftist activists. An extended video disproved claims that the students were the aggressors or that Phillips was the victim.
A Hollywood producer by the name of Jack Morrissey demanded that the students be sent through a woodchipper. Actor and failed comedian Ben Hoffman, aka Wheeler Walker Jr. advocated that the students be subjected to violent sexual assault, offering to pay anyone to punch them in the groin. Morrissey, after the truth was revealed, not only refused to apologize, but also locked his Twitter account when people reacted to his graphic threat against the students. Morrissey later gave a pathetic "apology" for his public call for murder and violence.
Twitter refused to remove death threats against the students from its site. A Twitter poster using the handle "Uncle Shoes" viciously and profanely called for the deaths of the Covington students and the destruction of their school. "Uncle Shoes" later deleted the death threat tweets after getting criticized for them, but not before they were screencapped and saved by another Twitter poster as evidence against him for the offending tweets. Criminal charges against the offending Twitter posters for their online threats were filed by county attorneys in Kenton County, Kentucky.
News organizations and broadcast personalities involved in the fake news attack were: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Cable News Network (CNN), The Guardian, National Public Radio, TMZ, Atlantic Media, Capitol Hill Publishing, Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Archdiocese of Louisville, Diocese of Baltimore, Ann Cabrera (CNN), Sara Sidner (CNN), Erin Burnett (CNN), S. E. Cupp (CNN), Elliot C. McLaughlin (CNN), Amanda Watts (CNN), Emmanuella Grinberg (CNN), Michelle Boorstein (Washington Post), Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (Washington Post), Antonio Olivo (Washington Post), Joe Heim (Washington Post), Michael E. Miller (Washington Post), Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post), Isaac Stanley-Becker (Washington Post), Kristine Philips (Washington Post), Sarah Mervosh (Washington Post), Emily S. Roeb (New York Times), Maggie Haberman (New York Times), David Brooks (New York Times), Shannon Doyne, Kurt Eichenwald, Andrea Mitchell (NBC/MSNBC), Savannah Guthrie (NBC), Joy Reid (MSNBC), Chuck Todd (NBC), Noah Berlatsky, Elisha Fieldstadt (NBC), Eun Kyung Kim, HBO, Bill Maher, Warner Media, Condé Nast, GQ, Heavy.com, The Hill, The Atlantic, Bustle.com, U. S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kathy Griffin, Alyssa Milano and Jim Carrey. These individuals and entities were all served notice to preserve evidence for possible legal action.
CNN made an early settlement with Nick Sandmann; The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ABC, and CBS were all denied motions to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Sandmann.
- Multiple references:
- Bokhari, Allum (January 21, 2019). Twitter Allows ‘Verified’ Calls for Violence Against Conservative High School Kids. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- Stieber, Zachary (January 22, 2019). Journalist Who Called for Death of Covington Catholic Students Fired From Job. The Epoch Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- Tucker: Covington students smeared by media. Fox News Video. January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- Kirkwood, R. Cort (February 5, 2019). Viral Video Dismantles Case Against Sandmann. The New American. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Kraychik, Robert (January 22, 2019). Disney Producer Jack Morrissey Apologizes for ‘#MAGAkids into the Woodchipper’ Fantasy. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- Hall, Alexander (January 24, 2019). Twitter refuses to remove insane, vicious death threats against Covington students. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
- Jessica Fletcher: "A grown man has less self control than a high school teen" at Twitter (Warning: contains foul language)
- Ryan Saavedra: "Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders says the process is "already underway" in filing criminal charges against people who have made threats against the Covington Catholic students on Twitter" on Twitter
- Suarez Sang, Lucia I. (February 13, 2019). Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing in viral incident after independent investigation. Fox News. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
- Freiburger, Calvin (February 13, 2019). School investigation clears Covington boys of wrongdoing in March for Life standoff. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
- Kirkwood, R. Cort (February 14, 2019). Report: Covington Kids Innocent, “Native American Elder” Phillips Won’t Talk. The New American. Retrieved February 14, 2019.