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Nick Sandmann: Kyle Rittenhouse ‘Should Sue the Media’ for False Accusations

‘It takes a very strong will’ to weather smear attacks from the mainstream media

 on 20th November 2021 @ 4.00pm
nicholas sandmann gave advice to kyle rittenhouse following his acquittal © press
Nicholas Sandmann gave advice to Kyle Rittenhouse following his acquittal

"Covington Kid" Nicholas Sandmann has spoken out to give insight into what Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted of multiple felonies on Friday, is experiencing amid ongoing smear attacks and false allegations from the media and other figures.

In 2019, Sandmann came under attack from the media after a video of him wearing a red Make America Great Again hat went viral.

The video showed Sandmann standing in front of a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the March For Life, which was twisted out of context in the media to create a false narrative about the teenager.

Sandmann has himself allegedly received hundreds of millions of dollars in defamation lawsuits against media outlets over the false reports about him.

On Friday evening, Sandmann appeared on Fox News in an interview with host Sean Hannity.

Sandmann compared what he went through in 2019 with what Rittenhouse has experienced from biased media outlets and figures in recent months.

nicholas sandmann spoke about kyle rittenhouse with sean hannity © press
Nicholas Sandmann spoke about Kyle Rittenhouse with Sean Hannity

Sandmann began by explaining what negative media attention at a national level can do to a teen.

"Well, it’s terrible, Sean, and I’ll tell you why,” Sandmann said.

"As a 17-year-old, in Kyle’s case, and mine 16, your mind is still developing, and so, to deal with an overload of stress where you have this feeling that half of the country, hundreds of millions of people hate you for something that you’re innocent of, but how you are painted, it can do a lot to you mentally.

"It takes a very strong will to be able to resist that and keep a level head.

"I know that Kyle is probably dealing with that right now.”

Sandmann later said that Rittenhouse should sue media outlets for defamation for how he was portrayed before and during his trial, prior to when he was acquitted of all felony charges against him on Friday.

Sandmann stopped short of saying Rittenhouse should sue Democrat Joe Biden, however, who suggested over Twitter last year in an ad that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.

Sandmann cited his own experience attempting to litigate over similar accusations.

Sandmann said:

I think he should sue the media, but it’s really a personal call that’s up to him.

In January, it’ll be three years since everything happened at the March for Life, and I’m still looking at another two years until the cases that go to trial are resolved.

So, it’s really a personal call for him. I know he has a lot on his plate on whether he wants to entrench himself in this.

But on the topic of Joe Biden, I’ve heard a lot of debate about it, but I think plain and simple that, unfortunately, calling someone a racist or a white supremacist is an opinion protected by the First Amendment.

Personally, I know it because many of the claims that we labelled as defamatory were not let in by the judge in federal court, and so I would like to see him go after Joe Biden, I would like to see where that goes, but I don’t think Kyle is in the case where he can be making lawsuits just to see what happens.

He doesn’t have the luxury of suing everyone just to see if any of them land.

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Sandmann’s interview on Hannity follows a November 16 column he wrote commiserating with Rittenhouse.

activists have used false media reports to fuel pressure against kyle rittenhouse during his trial © press
Activists have used false media reports to fuel pressure against Kyle Rittenhouse during his trial

His article slammed media outlets for misreporting and misrepresenting Rittenhouse to readers.

"This is the problem with liberal media outlets in the United States," Sandmann wrote.

"They want to get the story first, get the most views, make the most money, and advance the agenda from liberal patrons.

"These outlets cover themselves when they are wrong with small footnotes at the ends of long articles, clarifying that new information has come out and that they have updated their coverage.”

[RELATED] Rittenhouse Judge Warns Jury: Do NOT Listen to Biden or News Outlets

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