President Trump announced Wednesday that lawyers representing a high school student involved in a now infamous confrontation with a Native American activist last month sue the Washington Post.
The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in Kentucky, accused the Post Office of practicing "a modern form of McCarthyism" by targeting Nicholas Sandmann and "using its vast financial resources to enter the platform of the United States. bully by publishing a series of fake printed and online articles (…) to smear a young boy who, in his opinion, was an acceptable victim in their war against the president. "
The lawsuit seeks $ 250 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
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Wednesday morning early in the day, Trump announced his support for Sandmann: "A student from Covington is suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. False news!
Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, became a target of outrage after the video he made last January, facing a native American, Nathan Phillips, while wearing a red cap "Make America Great Again ".
Sandmann was part of a group of Covington students attending the Anti-Abortion Walk for Life in Washington, DC, while Phillips participated in the Indigenous Peoples Walk the same day. But while the students were initially portrayed as opposing the man, other details appeared showing that he had approached the students, and another group called the Hebrew Black Israelites was inciting with secular commentaries.
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Earlier this month, Sandmann's lawyers sent letters of protection to more than 50 media organizations, celebrities and politicians, including The Post, the New York Times, CNN, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. And actors Alyssa Milano and Jim Carrey. – the first step in any possible defamation lawsuit.
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Last week, investigators hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington concluded that the students were not at the root of the confrontation with Phillips. Bishop Roger Foys, who had initially condemned the behavior of the students, wrote in a letter to the parents that they had been "placed in a situation both strange and even threatening".
Washington Post spokesman Kris Coratti said in an email to Fox News that the newspaper "was reviewing a copy of the complaint, and we plan to put in place a vigorous defense."
Samuel Chamberlain of Fox News contributed to this report.