Earlier on Tuesday, Savannah Guthrie of NBC News interviewed Covington Catholic High School's Nick Sandmann, who has found himself at the center of the viral standoff involving Covington Catholic students' interactions with Native American Nathan Phillips after Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C. NBC's teaser video can be seen here, and includes this description:
In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Nick Sandmann said he "had every right" to stand in front of Nathan Phillips, but now wishes he and his classmates "would have walked away and avoided the whole thing."
Guthrie made clear that the interview would air tomorrow.
As John Sexton of Hot Air has reported, Leftists did not exactly react kindly to this news.
Lest anyone forget, Dylann Roof was the avowed white supremacist who murdered nine black churchgoers in cold blood in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. The casual conflation of Sandmann with Roof sits in line with what the Heritage Foundation's David Azerrad wrote today at the Claremont Institute's American Mind site, on the subject of the Left's instant obsession with Sandmann:
The kid in question, however, was part of the accursed white race that has wrought unspeakable evils onto humanity. He was a male and thus complicit in the patriarchal structures of oppression that subjugate women. He was the embodiment of power and privilege ...
The hysterical reaction to the first video points ultimately to an unsettling conclusion. Standing in silence with a smile before a person of color—or presumably, a member of any other aggrieved, oppressed identity group—is now a crime for deplorable white males of all ages.
Others responded to Guthrie by immediately denigrating Sandmann's alleged family wealth.
Amy Siskind called for a boycott of both Guthrie and her show.
One blue-checkmark immediately went into full-on Hitler comparison mode.
Far-Left outlet Splinter News wrote admonishingly of Sandmann's "journey of lucrative victimhood":
White teenage boys always get sympathy in America. [Guthrie] likely won’t ask, "Why shouldn’t we believe what we all saw with our own eyes?" The official position now is that what we saw with our own eyes was wrong.
Will anyone on the opposite side of this story — Nathan Phillips, for instance — be interviewed? I guess we’ll find out. But Nick Sandmann’s journey of lucrative victimhood is now well on its way. He will be a star at every Republican gathering for the next five years. He’ll probably meet the president. He’s set for life. Another great American story.
Covington Catholic had previously announced that it was forced to close on Tuesday "due to threats of violence."
As Hank Berrien of The Daily Wire reported, the White House has already reached out to the Covington Catholic boys for an official White House visit. The incident has the potential, in a way not that different from the Colin Kaepernick-instigated NFL kneeling protest saga, to serve as an ongoing culture war cudgel for President Trump. And if the Left's reaction today to Savannah Guthrie's mere announcement of an interview with Nick Sandmann is any indication, Trump may be able to utilize the cudgel for a long time to come.