President Donald Trump weighed in on Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann’s $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post Wednesday morning, encouraging the high school junior to “Go get them Nick.”
“‘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,'” Trump wrote, quoting from the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Sandmann’s lawyers.
“Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!” Trump declared.
About a half-hour before his message to Sandmann, Trump tweeted out another “fake news”-related post addressing the kind of bias-driven, reckless reporting that characterized the media’s handling of the Covington Catholic incident.
“The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today. Stories are written that have absolutely no basis in fact. The writers don’t even call asking for verification. They are totally out of control,” Trump wrote. “Sadly, I kept many of them in business,” he added, then signed off with a prediction: “In six years, they all go BUST!”
As The Daily Wire reported Tuesday, Sandmann’s formidable team of lawyers, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, filed the first in what they promised would be “many” lawsuits against those entities that smeared their client after a context-less video featuring the Covington High School teens and Native American activist Nathan Phillips went viral.
“Today, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed their first lawsuit on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann against The Washington Post,” the lawyers said in a statement. “The suit seeks $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages. Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family. This is only the beginning.”
“In a span of three (3) days in January of this year commencing on January 19, the Post engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann (“Nicholas”), an innocent secondary school child,” the lawsuit states.
“The Post wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C. when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips (‘Phillips’), a known Native American activist, who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face (‘the January 18 incident’),” the suit continues.
“Nicholas stood quietly and respectfully for several minutes after being targeted and bullied by Phillips and Nicholas’ body language remained non-aggressive and passive throughout the incident,” Sandmann’s lawyers note. (Read the full lawsuit here.)
As The Daily Wire noted earlier last month, Wood and McMurtry sent letters to over 50 individuals, companies and organizations threatening legal action for smearing Sandmann. Here’s the list of entities released at the time:
- The Washington Post
- The New York Times
- Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
- The Guardian
- National Public Radio
- Atlantic Media Inc.
- Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
- Diocese of Covington
- Diocese of Lexington
- Archdiocese of Louisville
- Diocese of Baltimore
- Ana Cabrera (CNN)
- Sara Sidner (CNN)
- Erin Burnett (CNN)
- S.E. Cupp (CNN)
- Elliot C. McLaughlin (CNN)
- Amanda Watts (CNN)
- Emanuella Grinberg (CNN)
- Michelle Boorstein (Washington Post)
- Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (Washington Post)
- Antonio Olivo (Washington Post)
- Joe Heim (Washington Post)
- Michael E. Miller (Washington Post)
- Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post)
- Isaac Stanley-Becker (Washington Post)
- Kristine Phillips (Washington Post)
- Sarah Mervosh (New York Times)
- Emily S. Rueb (New York Times)
- Maggie Haberman (New York Times)
- David Brooks (New York Times)
- Shannon Doyne
- Kurt Eichenwald
- Andrea Mitchell (NBC/MSNBC)
- Savannah Guthrie (NBC)
- Joy Reid (MSNBC)
- Chuck Todd (NBC)
- Noah Berlatsky
- Elisha Fieldstadt (NBC)
- Eun Kyung Kim
- Bill Maher
- Warner Media
- Conde Nast
- The Hill
- The Atlantic
- Ilhan Omar
- Elizabeth Warren
- Kathy Griffin
- Alyssa Milano
- Jim Carrey