The narrative surrounding a group of white teenagers in Washington, D.C., at the center of a viral videoinvolving Native Americans and Black Israelites may be taking a turn for the worse if a new report on Tuesday is proven to be true.
The convergence of three very different groups at the Lincoln Memorial has invited a number of working theories as to what truly happened on Friday. However, whether the responsibility for the ugly confrontation between fell on the shoulders of the dozens of white Catholic school students from Kentucky wearing red MAGA hats, the Native American leader playing indigenous drums or the Black Israelites who were reportedly “taunting everyone on the mall that day,” the president may have already picked sides.
Now, the students, including Nick Sandmann, whose smiling face under a MAGA hat was unavoidable in the media coverage, have been invited to meet with President Donald Trump in the White House, according to a tweet from Fox news personality Laura Ingraham.
While Ingraham — who has been called racist and once famously told LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” — followed up that tweet saying that she was uncertain when it would happen, she seemed certain that “any meeting would happen after shutdown.”
A group of boys surrounded a Native-American man who was beating a drum while singing the American Indian Movement song that’s used in a ceremony to send the spirits home.
The teenagers wore MAGA caps, which is popular among President Donald Trump’s supporters. “Make America Great Again” was the president’s 2016 campaign slogan, which connected with the goals and vision of white supremacists.
Sandmann stood with a smirk on his face stood in front of the drummer as his classmates cheered him on.
“I would caution everyone passing judgment based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas,” Sandmann said in a prepared statement released on Sunday by a PR firm.
However, the Associated Press wrote Tuesday that, “Sandmann’s statement does seem at odds with some video from the confrontation that showed students from his school, Covington Catholic High in Park Hills, Kentucky, laughing at Phillips’ Native American group and mockingly singing along with him, as well as interviews with Phillips who said he heard the students shout ‘Build that wall!’ and ‘Go back to the reservation!’”
Trump has a history of extending White House invitations to people who embrace MAGA hats, as shown by his special treatment to disgraced rapper Kanye West, who said during his own Oval Officer visit back in October that the hat made him feel like he had super powers.