CNN STILL Pushing Angle that MAGA Kids Were Not “Considerate” to Native Man

After the media claim that boys with MAGA hats “harassed” a native elder was debunked, even by Jake Tapper himself, a CNN anchor chastised the Catholic school MAGA boys for not “appreciating” the Native American chanting during the melee that unfolded in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

The student at the center of the controversy issues a statement. TMZ reported that Nathan Phillips says he and his classmates were waiting for their busses to arrive at the Lincoln Memorial when a handful of African-American protesters began shouting “hateful things” at the group of boys. Sandmann says that he and his classmates were given permission by their adult chaperones to sing their school spirit chants in response.

CNN’s Dave Briggs was discussing the inaccurate coverage by the media, when he added, “that young man there does not look like someone who he is appreciative and considerate of this culture and of this chant going on.”

Alternate videos show that the kids were verbally harassed and abused by many adults.

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From Breitbart

CNN Early Start co-host Dave Briggs said Monday that Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann does not appear “appreciative” or “considerate” of Native American culture after viral video shows a Friday confrontation between the teenager and a Native American activist at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The footage shows a group of students gathered near the Lincoln Memorial as a Native American activist Nathan Phillips is seen beating a drum as he walks towards them. Sandermann is seen smiling young man in a red Make America Great Again baseball cap while standing in front of Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe. Fellow students could be seen laughing and making hand gestures believed to be mocking the man.

“One thing is clear,” Briggs began. “The MAGA hats clearly caused an overreaction by everyone on both sides.”

“Again, I would like to hear from all of you. There was clearly some misunderstanding on both sides. That young man there does not look like someone who he is appreciative and considerate of this culture and of this chant going on,” the CNN anchor continued.  “[There’s] clearly two sides of the story. The problem is we all overreact so instantly with these stories, and now the MAGA hats stand for a certain thing to a lot of people. Hopefully, some understanding and some positive learning comes out of this.”

A hoard of media pundits pounced on the students, accusing them of racism, with some even blaming their behavior on President Donald Trump. “If some kid wearing a McCain 2008 cap had been filmed behaving this way, John McCain would have already called Mr. Phillips to express regret. And he would have used the occasion to remind his supporters they should treat others with respect. Will Trump do anything like this?” wrote Trump critic Bill Kristol, who now blogs for leftist billionaire Pierre Omidyar, in a since-deleted tweet.

However, additional footage paints a more complex picture of the incident. One video shows the students were jeered with racist slurs as situation unfolded, while other footage proves the Philips approached the teenagers first.