Video of MAGA Hat Wearing Teens Taunting Native American Vet Goes Viral, Sparking Outrage


A group of young students wearing MAGA hats faced off against a Native American elder at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C., in a video that has gone viral and sparked outrage.

The Native elder was identified by Indian Country Today as Nathan Philips, a member of the Omaha nation and veteran who holds a ceremony for Native American veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In the video, Philips can be seen being taunted by a group of young students wearing President Donald Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again Hats.” At one point, a student stood in front of Philips, who was chanting and beating a drum, and stared him down.

In a interview, Philips said the teenagers chanted “Build that wall!”

“This is indigenous land,” Philips said. “We’re not supposed to have walls here, we never did. Not for a millennium.”

Congresswoman Deb Haaland of (D-NM) condemned the students in a tweet, writing, “This Veteran put his life on the line for our country. The students’ display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration. Heartbreaking.”

As the video went viral, outrage from Twitter poured in over the display. CNN’s Kirsten Powers called on the superintendent of the students’ school to take action:

Correction: A previous version of this story described Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran. Phillips, reportedly, was not deployed to Vietnam, but served in the Marines.

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