This is becoming embarrassing. First, the liberal media had a banner week last week peddling two fake news stories. One story came from BuzzFeed, which alleged that President Donald Trump directed his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie about a real estate deal in Russia. The Mueller investigation refuted that claim. Then, we have this Covington Catholic High School students wearing MAGA hats hounded a Native American story, which was refuted by video evidence. The students weren’t chanting, “build the wall” either. They were doing sports chants to drown out the obscenities hurled at them by a bunch of Black Hebrew Israelites. Nathan Phillips, the Native American man in the video, was the one who approached the group of teens. It’s a rather innocuous story, but the media saw MAGA gear and went insane. White, Catholic, and pro-Trump—these kids have to be destroyed. To grease up the outrage machine, Phillips’ military record was brought up, but there appears to be an issue with his service timeline.
There is no doubt he is a veteran but was he in Vietnam? No, no he wasn’t. He uses the vague “Vietnam times” veteran, which is just ridiculous [SEE: UPDATE BELOW]. He was stateside during his time in the Marine Corps, never rising above the rank of private in that timespan. The Washington Post tried to run interference on this part of the story, reporting that a group representing Phillips said there is no evidence that he said he was a Vietnam War veteran. The Lakota People’s Law Project, who represent Phillips, added that they mistakenly said that he was in a press release:
[WARNING: some strong language]:
Better never than late.— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 24, 2019
I told @DanLamothe days ago to call this Frigidairborne Ranger and get his DD214, but the pro didn't need my advice.
Oh wait, yeah he did.@Uncle_Jimbo @LarryOConnor https://t.co/nsGXduJkI5
“Vietnam vet.” “What my box says is I was in theater.” “My Vietnam times.”— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 24, 2019
... Nathan Phillips never fought in the Vietnam War.pic.twitter.com/gSx3piEaAB
The Native American activist, seen beating a drum Friday as teens from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky surrounded and mocked him, has referred to himself as a “Vietnam-times” veteran. He described in interviews getting spit on and called a baby killer by a “hippie girl” and told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday that “I’m a Marine Corps veteran, and I know what that mob mentality can be like.”
The incident also has led to scrutiny of Phillips’s service record after an organization representing him, the Lakota People’s Law Project, described him as a Vietnam veteran in a news release and numerous media reports identified him as one afterward. Several, including The Washington Post, have since issued corrections.
In reality, Phillips served from June 1972 to May 1976 in the Marine Corps Reserve, a service spokeswoman, Yvonne Carlock, said Wednesday. He did not deploy, and he left the service as a private after disciplinary issues. From October 1972 to February 1973, he was classified as an antitank missileman, a kind of infantryman, Carlock said. He then became a refrigerator technician for the majority of his service.
Daniel Paul Nelson, a leader in the Lakota People’s Law Project, said in an interview that his group made the error and that Phillips never told the group he served in Vietnam.
With all the scrutiny of Phillips’s military record, he has now been victimized twice, Nelson said.
“It’s definitely a distraction,” he said. “It’s a diversion, in fact. I’d like to make the point that these papers being released demonstrate the most important fact, which is that he was in the military. He did not lie about that, and there are a lot of people who have been in a very irresponsible and vicious manner targeting him without being able to prove that.”
Wrong. Here’s a video where Phillips says he’s a “Vietnam war veteran.” Even the author of the Post piece had to tweet it out, noting that Phillips wasn’t making accurate remarks. The liberal media has eaten so much trash over the past ten days. It’s ridiculous. I wish I could say stop sucking, but the anti-Trump pathogen might be too tough to flush out of the Left’s system. They just keep stepping on rakes.
This video shows Nathan Phillips making statements that simply are not true. https://t.co/Cmo44AyDSq— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) January 24, 2019
Here's the post with the "Vietnam War Veteran" medallion in context, posted to his page on Veterans Day 2018. pic.twitter.com/JJ0HAwYRjh— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 24, 2019
Phillips says this in the video:— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 24, 2019
"I don't wear my veteran stuff here you know. I mean, I got the flag and I showed a couple pictures and I got other things too. I got some littles medallions and medals that were given to me, and I had a lot more stolen from me. You know?" pic.twitter.com/VDtKRG33OH
More Phillips:— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 24, 2019
"I got a relation. A sister, or a niece, she gave me that Vietnam colors flag. You know the yellow, red, black one with some tobacco on there. She wanted me to carry it around because you know her dad, a Vietnam vet too like that." pic.twitter.com/aZGuVAiHwx
UPDATE: The Post has included the new video showing Phillips saying very clearly that he was a Vietnam War veteran. The Lakota People’s Law Project, who is representing Phillips, said they’re “bummed” and “disappointed.”
In a Jan. 3, 2018, video posted on a Facebook page for the Native Youth Alliance, an organization Phillips led, he misrepresented himself as being a veteran of the Vietnam War. The video began circulating widely on social media Wednesday night and was still online Thursday morning.
“I’m a Vietnam vet . . . I got an honorable discharge, and one of the boxes in there shows whether it is peacetime or what my box says is that I was in theater,” he said. “I don’t talk much about my Vietnam times. I usually say I don’t recollect. I don’t recall those years.”
Phillips, who turns 64 next month, is not old enough to have deployed to Vietnam as a Marine infantryman. His lack of deployments mean that he was never “in theater."
Nelson, who advocated on Phillips’s behalf, said Thursday morning that he had seen the Facebook video in recent hours. He was not aware of it previously, he said. “I’m bummed,” he said. “I’m definitely disappointed.”