Trump Jumps to Defense of ‘Unfairly Treated’ Covington Catholic Kids

It was perhaps inevitable—but Donald Trump has thrown his support behind the Covington Catholic high-school students whose confrontation with a Native American activist went viral over the weekend. In the initial footage of the incident, it appeared that the students, wearing red “Make American Great Again” hats, were taunting the Native American man. Subsequent footage showed that the kids could have been provoked by a group of protesters ahead of the clash, though additional videos showed a pattern of poor behavior on the teens’ part. “Looking like Nick Sandman [sic] & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false,” Trump tweeted. “Not good, but making big comeback!” Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann was singled out for criticism for appearing to grin in the face of the Native America drummer, but he later claimed: “I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.”