The high school student who was criticized last year for an encounter with a Native American activist at the 2019 March for Life says he was glad to be back at this year’s March for Life.
“I will never pass on an opportunity to March for Life!” Nick Sandmann wrote with a post of four photos from the march, the Western Journal reports.
I will never pass on an opportunity to March for Life! pic.twitter.com/iU0ohmdcTJ— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) January 24, 2020
In 2019, Sandmann and some classmates from Covington Catholic High School were recorded at the March for Life event. Sandmann was wearing a red Make America Great Again cap, and Native American activist, Nathan Phillips, was playing a drum and singing.
In the video, the two stand face to face with Sandmann appearing to stare down Phillips. Around them, a group of students chanted and rallied. The video went viral soon after.
Initial media reports suggested that Sandmann, then 16, was trying to bully Phillips, but later video showed that Sandmann was trying to defuse the situation.
“Exactly one year ago today, Nathan Phillips approached after the March For Life in Washington, D.C.,” Sandmann tweeted. “Today I stood in the exact same spot I had year ago and did my first fair interview compared to the setup @ NBC. I won’t ever be bullied or surrender. Thanks for all your support.”
Sandmann had sued a number of media outlets for what he said was biased reporting of the 2019 encounter. According to Fox News, the lawsuit against CNN was settled, and others are pending.
“The problem is that these media outlets have forever defined who Nick Sandmann is,” said Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry. “And, there is not much that he can do in response to that. No matter where he goes or with whom he speaks, they’re going to go back and half the people are going to think he is a terrible racist in a Make America Great Again hat.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.