Tribal Elder Nathan Phillips Unimpressed With Nick Sandmann’s Interview: ‘Insincerity, Lack of Responsibilty’


Native American activist and tribal elder Nathan Phillps spoke to NBC on Thursday to give his side of the story on the controversial encounter between himself and Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.

Savannah Guthrie interviewed Sandmann on the Today show yesterday, during which he defended his conduct throughout the viral incident while expressing his dismay with all of the attention it has generated. When Guthrie asked Phillips for his opinion on Sandmann’s comments to her, he admitted that he watched it for about 30 seconds before he turned off the TV.

“Coached and written up for him, insincerity, lack of responsibility,” Phillips said. “Those are the words that I came up with. But then I went to go pray about it, and I woke up with this forgiving heart. So I forgive him.”

Sandmann has said he doesn’t think he owes anyone an apology over the encounter, but when Phillips was asked about that, he said he was “way down on the list of people [Sandmann] needs to apologize to.” Phillips continued to speak about the mockery and jeering he claimed to have experienced during the encounter, and he also asked why school officials didn’t intervene and why Sandmann didn’t turn away when he had the chance.

The interview continued with Phillips being asked if he felt blocked or threatened throughout the experience, and also what he felt about online threats being made to him and the Covington students.

Watch above, via NBC.

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