Covington Student in MAGA Hat, When Asked If He Owes an Apology: ‘I Had Every Right’ to Stand There


In an interview with NBC News, Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann — also known as the “MAGA hat teen” — did not apologize for an incident that took place between him and a Native-American protester last week.

“Do you feel from this experience that you owe anybody an apology?” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Sandmann, who stared down 64-year-old indigenous activist Nathan Phillips on Friday as he beat a drum for the Indigenous Peoples’ March in Washington, D.C. “Do you see your own fault in any way?”

“As far as standing there, I had every right to do,” Sandmann replied. “My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him, I’d like to talk to him.”

The Catholic students, who were there as a group to support the anti-abortion March for Life protest, were approached by Phillips after he and other indigenous protesters marched in-between the high schoolers and a group of aggressive Black Israelite cultists to diffuse the situation. The students can then be seen dancing, shouting in chants, and making tomahawk chop arm motions as Phillips beats away at his drum.

“In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided that whole thing,” added the high school junior, whose smirk — while donning a Make America Great Again hat — in the face of Phillips has become a viral image.

Through a conservative PR firm, Sandmann released a statement on Sunday stating the following: “I would caution everyone passing judgment based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.”

The full NBC News interview with Sandmann will be aired tomorrow morning on the Today show.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma