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Mitch McConnell Condemns ‘Partisan Vitriol and Hatred’ Directed Toward Covington Kids

While on the Senate floor today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) condemned the “deluge of partisan vitriol and hatred” directed toward Covington Catholic High School after Friday’s incident between students and Native American protesters.

“Last week, Kentuckians of all ages traveled to our nation’s capital to exercise our fundamental American rights to peacefully assemble,” McConnell began, as Covington is located in his home state. “Unfortunately for the students of Covington Catholic High School, their participation has resulted in threats on their lives.”

McConnell went on to accuse “far-left activists and members of the national and state media” of selectively editing the video to make the Catholic students look bad.

“Because of what some highly partisan observers thought they saw in a few seconds of confusing video, these kids, their school, and their families were met with a deluge of partisan vitriol and hatred of people who never met them and had no idea what had taken place,” he added.

The senior Kentucky senator called out online “pile-on” culture for escalating the incident, saying, “In a matter of hours the students were tried, sentenced by the media where the presumption of innocence does not exist.”

“When the rush for headlines takes precedence over the facts, mistakes are made and our rights as Americans are put at risk,” McConnell concluded. “This trend is particularly troubling when young people are involved.”

Watch above, via C-SPAN.

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