Ted Cruz Defends Covington Kids, Accuses Celebrity of Using His Fame to 'Pick on Teenagers'

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Posted: Jan 24, 2019 5:00 PM
Ted Cruz Defends Covington Kids, Accuses Celebrity of Using His Fame to 'Pick on Teenagers'

Source: Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke out Thursday on behalf of the Covington Catholic High School students whose encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial became national news this week.

After a short video of the incident went viral, many in the media reported that the kids, who were wearing  "Make America Great Again" hats, were harassing Phillips. However, a longer video revealed that Phillips first approached the boys and began playing a drum in student Nick Sandmann’s face. In a statement that is largely corroborated by the longer footage, Sandmann said the group of boys were not antagonizing the activists and had simply done some school spirit chants after another group, the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelled slurs at them. 

Liberal comedian Jim Carrey tweeted a cartoon Tuesday attacking the students despite the greater context of the incident appearing to back up their claims that they were not harassing Phillips and the many media corrections.

Carrey’s tweet referred to the boys as “baby snakes.”

Sen. Cruz accused Carrey of “partisan hate,” pointing out that “he doesn’t care that the full video showed these high school students as victims of harassment, not the other way around” and asking that he “leave the kids alone.”

The Covington Catholic school and community have been dealing with the fallout from the incident. Many have been doxxed, received threats of violence, and the school was closed Tuesday due to safety concerns.