This week, a video of students from Covington Catholic High School having a run-in with Native American protesters in Washington, D.C., went viral.

The mainstream media did what they normally do, and created their own narrative of what happened before the details fully emerged.

The media claimed that the group of predominantly white males, who were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, had approached Nathan Phillips, a drum-playing Native American “elder,” during the March for Life.

Diamond and Silk explain that “People on the left then began targeting not just the boys but their families as well, with people on the left calling to them to be denied entrance to college, their school to be shut down and for the main boy in the matter who just stood there, to have his mother be fired from her job.”

There was a lot more to what happened than the media portrayed.

As it turns out, the group of students didn’t “mob” Phillips. In fact, according to Diamond and Silk, “Philips who led a Native American group over to where the boys were jumping up and down, doing cheers. The boys initially thought he was joining their cheers and jumped up and down to his drumming.”

Phillips was the one who went up to one of the boys and began drumming in his face. This is the point at which the viral video began, which shows the young, white male wearing a MAGA hat smiling.

Via Reason:

Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby. The BHI has existed since the late 19th century, and is best describes as a black nationalist cult movement; its members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, and often express condemnation of white people, Christians, and gays. DC-area Black Hebrews are known to spout particularly vile bigotry.

Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.

Here is a two-hour video of the event.

The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, John Yarmuth, has now offered his reaction to the incident.

He tweeted, “I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on. They seem to be poisoning young minds.”

Is this a joke, or is he serious? One way or another, he should know not to target kids.

It’s also interesting to note that Yarmuth is from Kentucky, which is also where the students are from.

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