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The truth about Nathan Phillips: Everything you need to know about the man at the center of the Lincoln Memorial controversy

'For the handful of people out there who do still care about old-fashioned things like facts and context, this segment is for you'

Image source: CNN video screenshot



On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck brought to light the full story behind the Native American man who beat his drum in the face of one of the students from Covington (Kentucky) Catholic High School. A video of the incident went viral, sparking a firestorm of media outrage over allegations that the boys were mocking and taunting the elderly war veteran.

In a CNN interview, Phillips claimed the boys surrounded him, chanting "build the wall." But a full video of the days events, which has since emerged, suggests a very different story.

"The victim hierarchy is so perfectly arranged, it almost seems choreographed," Glenn said. "At the very top of the hierarchy is Nathan Phillips, the 64-year-old Native American leader. At the very bottom of the hierarchy are the white, male, privileged, bratty, Catholic school kids from Kentucky. The 'journalists' manning the desks over the weekend could've written this story with their outraged eyes closed, and most of them apparently did. Our frantic news cycle won't wait for context. So we get headline gems like this from Vox: 'White students in MAGA gear crashed the Indigenous Peoples March and harassed participants.'

"For the handful of people out there who do still care about old-fashioned things like facts and context, this segment is for you. Who is Nathan Phillips, the personal-space drummer in this drama?" he asked.

Watch the video above.

You can also find the full minute-by-minute break down of the events as they unfolded at the Lincoln Memorial between the Covington Catholic High School boys, the Native American drum enthusiast, and the Black Hebrew Israelites hate posse, here: https://bit.ly/2FKuWBI

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