The Kentucky teens who dressed in MAGA garb and were filmed in a confrontation with an indigenous protester met the legal definition of assault, an attorney who observed the confrontation told CNN on Saturday.
Students from Covington Catholic High School in suburban Cincinnati were videotaped surrounding Native Americans in Washington, D.C.
The white Catholic students were originally harassed by group of black protests before Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder of the Omaha tribe who is a veteran of the Vietnam War, walked into the middle of the group. He said he was trying to diffuse the situation.
So heartbreaking to watch an illegal immigrant in a MAGA hat mock and intimidate Mr. Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder protesting to save his people’s indigenous land. Now that land may torn asunder by Trump’s racist wall. pic.twitter.com/VRpwf82kwL
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 19, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
“As an attorney, I felt that this qualified as the legal definition of assault,” Iron Eyes said. “They were causing an apprehension, an objective fear of offensive contact or harm.”
Iron Eyes said that the students were mimicking President Donald Trump’s attitude and “expressing a lot of internal fear and angst” about “losing some of their privilege.”
“They were very loud, very aggressive, very vocal, and they were disrupting—they were trying to drown out not only the group of African Americans but Nathan Phillips, Raymond Kingfisher, some of our elders who were closing out a beautiful day of the indigenous people’s march,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that it had to end this way but it’s emblematic of, I think, where we’re at in terms of race relations in this country. We feel that President Trump is giving license to this behavior, in his rhetoric in his behavior. He sets the tone.”
Watch the interview below.
Condi Rice deflects Trump’s racism by saying slavery was just ‘a number of people being treated badly’
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about President Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.
"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."
Rand Paul snaps at Liz Cheney over Iran warmongering and announces plans to help her opponent
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) over her desire to attack Iran and her defense of departed White House adviser John Bolton.
Asked about his ongoing feud with the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Paul said the congresswomen is out of touch when it comes to American's taste for war.
“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation," Paul explained. "It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran, so really there was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.”
‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics
On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.
The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.
"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.
"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.