Watch Nathan Phillips Get Physical, Run When Reporter Does to Him What He Did to MAGA Kids


Interestingly enough, Nathan Phillips isn’t quite as equable as Nicholas Sandmann when he’s faced with similar treatment. Who would have thought?

Phillips, of course, is the Native American activist best known for sparking a national debate when he began drumming in the face of Sandmann, a high school student, and later claimed the student was blocking him from reaching the Lincoln Memorial.

The full story is much more tortuous than that, but you’ve probably heard it before and going through the various permutations of Phillips’ version of it will only make our collective heads hurt.

Suffice it to say that when more comprehensive video footage came out, it became clear that Phillips’ story didn’t match up with the facts — and that he had put himself in a situation where Sandmann could reasonably feel he was being intimidated.

Fast forward to Monday, where the activist appeared at a protest against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build the border wall.

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“Donald Trump may control the White House for the moment, but we are not giving up on what this country can be,”, one of the organizers of the protest, said on their websites

“And on Presidents Day, tens of thousands of MoveOn members and allies hit the streets to build a vision of a country where all people — including those seeking asylum, immigrants, Muslims, and Black and brown communities — can fully thrive. A country where we won’t be pitted against each other for any politician’s agenda. A country where no president can place himself above the law.”

Also a country where a Nathan Phillips is a qualified speaker on these sorts of things, apparently.

Phillips made an appearance at a protest across from the White House, where he gave a short and mostly coherent speech about why the wall was a bad idea.

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“I come to you this morning, humbly, uh, request that you help resist this wall, this national emergency,” Philips said.

“He’s calling for this wall on the southern border. Our indigenous people have been here for time immemorial and the wall that is planned separates families, separates our nations. We don’t see where it’s necessary. We have so many crises here in our country. Homelessness, we have low job reports right now, we need to build up this country instead of building a wall”

So maybe 30 percent of that was even debatably true, but at least he didn’t bring out a drum.

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However, at some point during the festivities, Phillips was approached by an individual who wanted to know why he approached the Covington Catholic High School students, who were in Washington for the March for Life last month.

His response was — well, not Sandmann-esque:

So, what we clearly have here is a) Phillips making physical contact with a stranger who got in his face (as Phillips did to Sandmann) and b) Phillips running away after said contact.

Now, contrast this to Nicholas Sandmann’s reaction to a similar confrontation and how liberals reacted to that:

Gosh, I wonder what the difference might be. The hat, perhaps?

Whatever the explanation is, I don’t particularly want to hear anything about how Sandmann should have reacted differently or how Phillips was trying to prevent confrontation.

At this point, we know enough about these two individuals to make some judgments about their motives, and they don’t comport with what we were originally told.

Above all else, we now know what a hypocrite Phillips really is.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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