Covington's Nick Sandmann's Lawyers Send 54 Letters to Celebs and News Outlets Warning of Oncoming Libel Lawsuit
After a tough few weeks, the 16-year-old at the center of the MAGA kids controversy is taking a stand
2/5/19, 2:26 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Virginia Appellate Law Blog
A little over two weeks ago, an incident happened at the March For Life in DC. Essentially: a group of high school students was being harassed by a group called the Black Israelites, they started singing their high school PUMP song (my words), and a Native American walked up to them and proceeded to bang a drum in their faces, particularly one kid, who later said that his ‘douchebag smile’ (again: my words) was on his face to bring the heat down in the situation, as opposed to up (which is not exactly how it looks).
But that’s not how it was portrayed it in the immediate aftermath. Thanks to a carefully edited video, the incident was made to look as though the kids (many of whom were donning President Trump’s famous MAGA hats) approached the Native American and harassed him. The Native American, a man named Nathan Phillips (whose been lying about being a Vietnam veteran for some time) has said that the kids were chanting ‘build that wall’ and were refusing him pass through their group toward the Lincoln Memorial (two claims that are cleanly rebuked in the full video). As a result, in the immediate days following the original, cropped, viral video, multiple news outlets, Twitter users, politicians and celebrities quickly condemned the high school kids (HIGH SCHOOL KIDS), with some calling for SHAME, and others even for doxxing or violence against the kids (HIGH SCHOOL KIDS (again: MY words (apparently)).
In response, last weekend, Nick Sandmann, the kid at the center of the controversy for donning that horrible ‘douchebag smile’ (I’ve seen that smile too; it is usually used by douchebags for douchebaggic circumstances, but not always (and I’m not sure how adults can really get that mad a kid for doing it– he’s a kid– kids make mistakes, even if this kid were making a mistake (which he wasn’t (please don’t sue me))) had his lawyers send preservation letters to 54 news outlets and celebrities instructing the preservation of any documents related to Nick Sandmann’s case. It’s the first step in a libel lawsuit related to these parties jumping the gun too quick in the days following the original incident.
Those receiving the letters include news outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN, politicians including Elizabeth Warren, and celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin, and Bill Maher, several of whom, even after the facts had come out, continued to libel Sandmann (a 16-year-old high school kid) (I like Bill Maher, but he’s 16 YEARS OLD– what were you doing at that age?).
Will this stop people from jumping the gun in the future? Will the realization that if Nick Sandmann were as much of a piece of shit as many of these people apparently desperately wanted him to be, the quick reaction to this incident has helped him out at least a little bit in the long run, and that that’s not exactly what you’d want to do if you wanted to stop a piece of shit from gaining power?
But all of that means I’d have to think about my emotions before I freak the fuck out over shit in the future.
Can’t allow that.