The Media shamed the Covington kids for ‘mocking a Vietnam Vet’ … did they get THAT part of the story wrong TOO?
Nathan Phillips is back in the media spotlight. Again.This time it’s over that drumming incident where he walked up to fifteen-year-old Nick Sandmann and stared him down while Nick smiled awkwardly, not sure of Phillip’s intentions.
His intentions, we learned later, were to run to the press (more than once) and complain about how he had been victimized by those MAGA-hat wearing teens. Except he had to keep changing his story in light of more video evidence about the actual event.
But for a full day, the Media and Blue-check Twitter warriors piled on the poor kids, calling for (so to speak) their heads on a platter. But they DID call for acts of specific violence, doxxing, expulsion and harm to relatives places of business. Some even waxed lyrically about how they wouldn’t object to the school burning down with all the kids in it, or a school shooting in THAT school. All because a protester walked up to a kid in a red cap and started banging a drum.
Even we made the mistake of at least giving a Veteran the benefit of the doubt, and believing that he may have an explanation for what was going on here other than malice. Judging by liberal his use of playing the victim and his willingness to dramatize and exaggerate the incident to make himself out to be a hero standing in front of dangerous people.
They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillip said. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong. ”
Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, “saying some harsh things” and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students. “So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” he said.
But then, the crowd of mostly male students turned their anger towards Phillips.
“There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey,” Phillips said. “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.”
The crowd of students, some of whom wore MAGA caps, mocked Native Americans while chanting “Build the Wall” and using derogatory language, he said. The students had a “mob mentality” that “was scary,” Phillips said. “It was ugly, what these kids were involved in. It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.”
Speaking from his niece’s home, Phillips said: “I’m a Marine Corps veteran and I know what that mob mentality can be like. That’s where it was at. It got to a point where they just needed something for them to … just tear them apart. I mean, it was that ugly.”
Phillips said he recalled “the looks in these young men’s faces … I mean, if you go back and look at the lynchings that was done (in America) … and you’d see the faces on the people … The glee and the hatred in their faces, that’s what these faces looked like.”
We’ve got a couple of observations here, (other than the parts that have already been completely refuted by the video)…
The ‘Beast and Prey’ thing doesn’t check out… at all, so he’s a liar right from the beginning. And the ‘Black Hebrew’ cultists were hurling insults at both the MAGA-hat wearing kids AND (before that) some of the Native activists, too, including saying Indian meant ‘savage’, which was funny when a scholar in their midst set straight on the history of the term.
And Covington lawyers could have a field day with the way he is still demanding expulsions of the teenage boys whose reputation smearing with a literal equivalent to lynch mobs.
And because he’s Native, people are expected to walk on eggshells about calling out any lies, lest they be condemned for racism in the process. Truth is, if we had lower expectations of his honesty and integrity than anyone who ISN’T Native, THAT would be racist.
He’s got the same expectation of integrity as anyone else. And he invoked his military service as to how he knew what a mob mentality looked like. He invoked it again in the CNN interview that was so scathingly judgmental of the High School students:
And it’s because I’m a veteran — I’m a Vietnam veteran — that these two groups even have the right in this country to have protests, to have conflicting opinions. — CNN
The guy who claims to have defended their right to free speech sure didn’t think very highly in that interview of their right to actually EXERCISE it, does he?
Which military service, precisely, was Phillips referring to? Is he claiming to have seen something ‘Winter-Soldier-y’ in Vietnam?
Hollywood has gone a long way to tagging the entire American Military Service in Vietnam with a reputation of an unruly mob, rather than treating as specific disreputable incidents those darker moments of history. (Thank you, John Kerry.)
All the leftist sites piling on to praise Phillips and denounce Nick Sandmann made a point of referring to Phillip’s military service. But they didn’t just call it MILITARY service, they called him a Vietnam vet, which made the alleged disrespect the MAGA-hats gave him so much more heinous.
But IS he a Vietnam vet?
Weasel words are often a BIG red flag with this sort of thing, especially when we already have valid reasons to doubt the man’s honesty.
What was the quote?
A careful reading of Mr. Phillips‘ own descriptions does not make clear if he ever set foot in Vietnam. Instead, he has used much more careful language claiming he is a “Vietnam times veteran,” an ambiguous phrasing that led many media accounts to conclude he was a combat veteran.
Ask Dick Blumenthal whether there’s a difference between serving DURING that period of time and serving IN Vietnam. He could tell you that the public doesn’t take kindly to having their heartstrings abused.
What ELSE has he said about Vietnam?
He raised a wooden staff adorned with nine eagle feathers in the air as he addressed his security team, volunteers who had stepped back into familiar roles guarding gates at camp. They were outfitted in head-to-toe camouflage, masked by bandanas printed with the word Resist, and bearing walkie-talkies. “I have a relative here who said he’d lead the way and scout ahead for us,”Phillips continued, his voice breaking. “You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role. So I thank you for taking that point position for me.” — Source: Democratic Underground
We have enough readers with military experience that we can let them fight over whether there is any way for a Marine to call himself a ‘Recon Ranger’ without being completely full of Sh-t. But did he actually set foot in ‘Nam?
The math doesn’t look right. Born in 1955, the earliest he could have enlisted would be at the age of 17… in 1972. What was happening in Vietnam in 1972? As far as a new recruit was concerned, not much.
According to multiple news accounts, the activist is 64 years old, which means he would have been 18 years old in 1973, the last year any U.S. combat units were stationed in Vietnam. Mr. Phillips also claims to be a Marine veteran, although the last Marine combat units left Vietnam in 1971. — Source: Washington Times
From The Marine Corps Official History:
But by the end of 1970, more Marines were leaving than arriving as replacements. On 14 April 1971, III MAF redeployed to Okinawa, and two months later the last ground troops, the 13,000 men of the 3d MAB, flew out from Da Nang.
Although Marine combat units were no longer in Vietnam, Marine advisors remained to assist the South Vietnamese. During the North Vietnamese 1972 Easter Offensive, Marine advisors played a pivotal role in repelling the Communist attacks. Captain
So, about this guy who had been wearing the ‘Resist’ Bandana who picked a fight with a gaggle of MAGA-hat wearing Teens… … if he never set foot in Vietnam, why is he very carefully wording himself as a ‘Vietnam Era’ Veteran, while talking about ‘Mob Mentalities’ that he has supposedly seen, and claiming to have been a “Recon Ranger’ who scouts ahead?
There are a LOT of holes in this professional protester’s story, and he’s not taking calls from anyone who might ask him the hard questions. Maybe someone in the ‘Mainstream’ media can make up for wrongly shaming those kids over ‘disrespecting a veteran’ by finding out what his REAL service record looks like? Is this someone who served in peacetime but wants the respect given to those whose lives were in real danger? Was he honorably discharged? Did he even serve at all?
He’s the one who is bringing attention to his service record. If he weren’t lying about other things, we wouldn’t have even noticed the inconsistencies. Now he has us wondering if he was lying about that too.
If anyone has answers, we’d sure like to hear them.