Nicholas Sandmann has penned an op-ed on the Kyle Rittenhouse case, saying that Kyle should follow in his footsteps by filing a defamation lawsuit against the mainstream media.
Former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann was maligned by the mainstream media after a video emerged of the then-16 year old student standing in front of a Native American man, Nathan Phillips, at the March for Life in 2019.
Instead of watching the entire video and realizing that Phillips was the instigator because he walked up to Sandmann and started banging a drum in his face, the media reported that Nicholas was mocking the man because he was standing there “smirking,” which to anyone except the deranged left just appeared to be a teenager awkwardly smiling because he was uncomfortable.
Sandmann effectively won a defamation lawsuit against CNN after the fake news outlet settled the suit with a multimillion dollar payout to the teen, and according to his op-ed, he is currently involved in six other lawsuits against media outlets related to the incident.
Now, Sandmann is encouraging Kyle Rittenhouse to do the same thing.
“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” the op-ed begins. “Kyle was 17-years-old when he became a household name after that terrible tragedy in Kenosha. I was 16-years-old when I was catapulted into the national conversation by video of an encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist’. To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist.”
“Kyle wasn’t given his day in court by his critics,” he continued. “And neither was I. The attacks on Kyle came from the national news media, just as they came for me. They came quickly, without hesitation, because Kyle was an easy target that they could paint in the way they wanted to.”
Sandmann then went on to call out the mainstream media for their failure to do actual journalism.
“This is the problem with liberal media outlets in the United States. They want to get the story first, get the most views, make the most money, and advance the agenda from liberal patrons,” he wrote. “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.”
“News shouldn’t be a scoreboard that constantly changes,” Sandmann continued. “News is about coverage that includes a statement of facts that does not need to be corrected. But, the liberal media doesn’t do this. The liberal media rushes to be the first to report.”
“So every single label on Kyle as a ‘terrorist’, ‘white supremacist’, and ‘school shooter’ in the streets of Kenosha, will only ever be withdrawn after the damage has been done,” he added.
Sandmann then goes on to call out Joe Biden, Lebron James, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and others for their false statements about Rittenhouse, telling them to “please be quiet.”
He specifically mentions Lebron’s tweet making fun of Kyle for crying on the witness stand, saying that “it is oblivious to the trauma associated with this event and how it severely affects Kyle.”
“Taking a life, for any reason, sticks with someone forever and yet the liberal elites would rather turn it into a joke for likes,” Sandmann adds. “Not only does Kyle have to deal with that, but it is compounded with the overwhelming stress and trauma of the character assassination taking place against him.”
He then references the effect the media’s coverage and people’s reaction to it had on him, writing: “From my own experience, the death threats, feeling of no future ahead, and that millions of people hate you, is enough to alter you in many concrete ways and permanently. Make no mistake: even the strongest of people cannot resist the mental impact when the media war machine targets you.”
Sandmann then gets to the important part: potential defamation lawsuits.
“With Kyle’s name dragged through the mud, and the clear effect it is having on him, many have started to ask the question whether Kyle should sue for defamation. While I am by no means an attorney, I have gained some experience on the ins and outs of defamation and can offer an educated guess on what the outcome would be if Kyle were to sue,” he wrote.
While Sandmann doesn’t believe that a defamation case can be made in reference to the claims that Rittenhouse is a “white supremacist” or a “racist,” he does believe that the false statements of fact made by the media could warrant a lawsuit.
“One claim where Kyle may have a chance (albeit still a challenging case to win) is on the issue of him allegedly crossing state lines with a weapon,” he wrote. “That claim was proven to be false.”
“So, if Kyle is prepared to take on another burden in his early life, with the acceptance that it might result in nothing, I answer, give it a shot and hold the media accountable,” Sandmann added.
Concluding his article, Sandmann writes:
“From my own experience, I know that this cannot be easy for Kyle. While I have waited to comment on the facts of Kyle’s case until the trial ends. I cannot hold back on the media’s public execution of him before the trial has concluded.
At this time I would like to use my platform to let Kyle know that I am here for you and if you ever would like to reach out to me, I am about the only person our age to have an idea of how the media is treating you. The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone.”