Nicholas Sandmann, the MAGA hat-wearing high school student who became the face of a national controversy last year, told the Republican National Convention Tuesday that re-electing the president was the best way to combat a media-driven “cancel culture.”
“I would not be canceled,” said Nicholas Sandmann, the Kentucky student whose confrontation with a Native American activist went viral, criticizes the media for being a “willing participant” in cancel culture. “In November, I believe this country must unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts.”
Sandmann, then 16, was attending an anti-abortion march at the Lincoln Memorial with his classmates from Covington Catholic High School when he became the focus of news reports in 2019. Commentators accused him and his classmates of trying to intimidate a Native American counter-protester, but a full video of the episode showed that it was the counter-protester who first approached the school group.
“My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode,” he said. “And do you know why? Because the truth wasn’t important.”
Sandmann sued CNN and the Washington Post over their coverage of the confrontation, and both news organizations settled for undisclosed sums. “I fought back hard to expose the media for what they did to me and won a personal victory,” Sandmann said. “And I know you’ll agree with me when I say no one in this county has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump.”
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Donald John Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.