Opinion: The Covington Catholic students deserve an apology
By now, you may have seen the viral video of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky during their visit to Washington D.C.
Some of these kids were wearing Make America Great Again hats and appeared to, at first glance, seemingly mock a Native American man at the recent coinciding Indigenous Peoples March and March for Life rallies in Washington.
Quickly after the short clip went viral, more footage of the event made its way onto Twitter and other platforms and showed the Native American man, 64-year-old Nathan Phillips, approaching the students first.
This longer footage also showed the students remaining calm while being subjected to horrible bigoted verbal abuse from the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe group.
I’ll repeat that – grownups harassed young students for exercising their right to free speech and attending a rally.
In the video’s aftermath, more grown adults called for these students’ names to be released to the press and for their lives to effectively be ruined. Some even fantasized about punching one of the kids in the face for standing and smiling.
What we saw the online mob do, in this instance perpetuated and weaponized by pop culture figures, the liberal media, and even some elected officials is absolutely disgusting.
Here’s the bottom line: To those individuals who have attacked these students – they are not tools for you to use to score political points against the president of the United States.
To those in the media who raced to cover this event wrongfully, using it to paint the narrative that all conservatives are hateful – your bias is as clear as day.
You owe these young men an apology.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.