According to an attorney for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, who was mocked and derided after he was approached by Native American Nathan Phillips at the March for Life in January, the next target whom Sandmann might sue could be comedian Bill Maher.
There had been rumors about suing Maher; last week the entertainment news site Bounding into Comics reported that likely targets of Sandmann’s attorneys included “CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Bill Maher, and even Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.”
Sandmann is already suing The Washington Post, which wrote stories about the Sandman-Phillips incident that portrayed Sandmann harshly. His attorney, Todd McMurtry, told Fox News, “Certainly CNN and Bill Maher did things that we consider to have crossed the line. We think that the statements they made are defamatory, they’re not humorous and so certainly Bill Maher is somebody we are looking at very carefully and HBO for allowing him to make those defamatory statements.”
Maher had said of Sandmann on his HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher:
I don’t blame the kid, the smirking kid. I blame lead poisoning and bad parenting. And, oh yeah, I blame the f***ing kid. What a little pr***. Smirk-face. Smirk-faces. Please. Like that’s not a d*** move at any age? Stick your face in this elderly man’s? And this smirking kid says he was just trying to “defuse the situation, by”— really?
You know what, next time you get into a fight, with your wife, or your husband, or your boyfriend, or your girlfriend, try that. Try getting two inches from their face with a sh**-eating grin and see if it “defuses the situation.” You ask me and this kid should have done what everyone does during a drum solo: leave. But, I mean, I don’t spend a lot of time, I must tell you, around Catholic school children; but I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids.
Last week, attorneys for Nick Sandmann stated they would begin filing defamation lawsuits against celebrities, social media figures, and news organizations, after the local Diocese hired a law firm to conduct an investigation and found no wrongdoing on the part of Sandmann or the other students.
Bishop Roger Joseph Foys of the Covington Diocese said in a statement posted to the Diocese website, “Our inquiry, conducted by a third party firm that has no connection with Covington Catholic High School or the Diocese of Covington, has demonstrated that our students did not instigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial. Our students were placed in a situation that was at once bizarre and even threatening. Their reaction to the situation was, given the circumstances, expected and one might even say laudatory.”
After the announcement was made that Sandmann would sue The Washington Post, President Trump wrote on Twitter: “’The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.’ Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!”
Video of Maher below: