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‘MAGA’ Teen Says He Doesn’t Think He Should Apoligize To Native American Activist

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‘MAGA’ Teen Says He Doesn’t Think He Should Apoligize To Native American Activist

‘MAGA’ Teen Says He Doesn’t Think He Should Apoligize To Native American Activist”

The high school student who has been labeled racist after his encounter with a Native America activist is now speaking out on the situation.

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Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, said he never meant for any of this to happen. He also defended himself saying what appeared to look like he and his peers were taunting 64-year-old Nathan Phillips, he was actually trying to diffuse the situation.

“My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. As far as standing there, I had every right to do so,” Sandmann said during his appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.

He also said that the Black Hebrew Israelites started taunting them but because they were all adults, he didn’t know what to do but stand there.

“They started shouting a bunch of homophobic, racist, derogatory comments at us,” Sandmann said. “I heard them call us incest kids, bigots, racists. They called us f***s. They were a group of adults and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next,” he said, adding that his chaperone gave the kids permission to shout school spirit chants to drown out the Hebrew Israelites.

“In hindsight, I wish we had just found another spot to wait for our buses. But at the time, being positive seemed better than letting them slander us with all of these things,” Sandmann said.

Sandmann was also asked about his facial expression as he faced off against Phillips — a look some have described as a smirk.

“I see it as a smile, saying that this is the best you’re going to get out of me. You won’t get any further reaction of aggression. And I’m willing to stand here as long as you want to hit this drum in my face,” he said. “People have judged me based off one expression, which I wasn’t smirking, but people have assumed that’s what I have,” he added.

He went on to say that he doesn’t believe he should apologize to Phillips because he knows he did nothing wrong. However, he said he respects him and would like to speak with him someday.

“I have the utmost respect for Mr. Phillips as another person that freely used his First Amendment right. And I want to thank him for his military service as well. And I’d certainly like to speak with him,” he said.

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