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'I Am Here for You,' Nick Sandmann says to Kyle Rittenhouse

Nicholas Sandmann, a Covington Catholic student, has spoken out in favor of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was previously vilified by the left-wing media as a racist white supremacist.

In an op-ed for the Daily Mail, Sandmann recalled the horror of being a teenage kid being slapped with some of the worst labels imaginable by the likes of the establishment media, offering a kind of kinship with Kyle Rittenhouse because the “attacks on Kyle came from the national news media, just as they came for me.” Sandmann added that the media “came quickly, without hesitation, because Kyle was an easy target that they could paint in the way they wanted to.”

He called out the corporate media’s business method as conducive to this type of attack:

This is the problem with liberal media outlets in the United States. They want to get the story first, get the most views, make the most money, and advance the agenda from liberal patrons. These outlets cover themselves when they are wrong with small footnotes at the ends of long articles, clarifying that new information has come out and that they have updated their coverage.

Sandmann further scolded politicians and media figures like President Joe Biden and Lebron James, telling them all to “shut up” before rushing to judgment. President Biden, for instance, referred to Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist.” Sandmann said:

From my own experience, the death threats, feeling of no future ahead, and that millions of people hate you, is enough to alter you in many concrete ways and permanently. Make no mistake: even the strongest of people cannot resist the mental impact when the media war machine targets you.

After exploring the possibility of whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse should sue establishment media outlets, Sandmann offered his sympathies:

At this time I would like to use my platform to let Kyle know that I am here for you and if you ever would like to reach out to me, I am about the only person our age to have an idea of how the media is treating you. The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone.

Sandmann was thrown into the national limelight in 2019 after the Washington Post and CNN reported that he and many of his classmates harassed a Native American man, Nathan Phillips, during the D.C. March for Life. The "Make America Great Again" hat-wearing youngsters stopped Phillips' way and harassed him with racial obscenities, according to Phillips.

When a viral video showed them around Phillips, celebrating as he slammed a drum into Sandmann's grinning face, the tale seemed plausible at first. However, when more videos appeared showing Phillips approaching the boys, the story took a dramatic turn. The youngsters were insulted with racist slurs by an extreme group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites at the time, according to video.

News sources mostly followed Phillips' description of what transpired, portraying the youngsters as bigots, without thoroughly researching the situation. Sandmann undoubtedly took the brunt of the attacks, with CNN contributor Reza Aslan among those who slammed him. "Frankly, I'm stumped. Have you ever seen a youngster with a more punchable face than this?" At the moment, Aslan sent out a tweet.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” producer Jack Morrissey also said he wanted to throw the children into a woodchipper Fargo-style.” “#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper,” Morrissey tweeted.

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