Nicholas Sandmann knows a thing or two about being a teenager thrust into the spotlight in the nation’s ongoing political battles. Sandmann was crucified in the press after a standoff with a known radical activist for no other reason than he was wearing a MAGA hat and a smile.
Sandmann would go on to have his day in court, however. The teen would procure an able legal defense team led by Lin Wood that would sue The Washington Post, NBC Universal and CNN for $800 million for defamation and harassment. The lawsuits were settled for an undisclosed sum that would undoubtedly tend towards several millions.
Nicholas Sandmann has apparently been watching the national drama over the Kyle Rittenhouse case unfold in the media. The biased left-wing media has relentlessly perpetrated gross distortion and lies over the case since the August, 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin where Rittenhouse shot three violent criminal activists who were attacking him.
The Covington teenage has now reached out with a powerful message for Kyle Rittenhouse: Sue them.
“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” Sandmann wrote for the Daily Mail. “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,” he added.
“Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist,'” Sandmann continues. “To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist.”
Indeed, it wasn’t just an army of left-wing trolls on social media who labeled Kyle Rittenhouse a ‘white supremacist’ — but the President of the United States.
Biden had tweeted an image of Rittenhouse carrying AR-15 rifle with the caption: “There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, said that the current president, who was a candidate and private citizen at the time, is guilty of defamation.
“He is not a white supremacist. He is not a racist,” Wendy Rittenhouse told Fox News host Sean Hannity last Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was grilled by Fox News’ Peter Doocy over the tweet, and her defense apparently was to sigh.
Doocy: “Why did President Biden suggest that Kyle Rittenhouse … is a white supremacist?”
Psaki: “We shouldn’t have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons." pic.twitter.com/N9jPenDXDZ
— The Recount (@therecount) November 15, 2021
Jen Psaki also dodged the question and issued a general statement as a dishonest rejoinder.
“We shouldn’t have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons,” she objected.
Psaki’s non-denial denial that Biden defamed Rittenhouse is consonant with the radical left’s position that “self-defense” is no reason to shoot anyone else, mainly, because guns are bad.
Nicholas Sandmann reacted to the general insensitivity shown towards Rittenhouse by the media and Democratic officials.
“In our hyperpolarized society, the first impression of Kyle has been set in stone, probably for the rest of his life,” Sandmann wrote.
“On November 10th, Lebron James tweeted out ‘What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court’.”
Dude don’t you got some Uighur tears at home chillin’ in the fridge? GTFOH
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 11, 2021
“Lebron’s tweet reflects the insensitivity and resentment of the liberal media and elites that has surrounded this entire ordeal, from its beginning to now,” Sandmann added. “In the video referenced by James, Kyle breaks down as he tries to describe the moments before he made the decision to fire his weapon at the people he felt were threatening his life.
“It is oblivious to the trauma associated with this event and how it severely affects Kyle,” he said. “Taking a life, for any reason, sticks with someone forever and yet the liberal elites would rather turn it into a joke for likes.”
“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 went on. “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,” he added.
Nicholas Sandmann then gave some friendly advice to Kyle Rittenhouse as he awaits his fate in the courts.
“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,” Sandmann said. “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.”
Sandmann points out that defamation cases are notoriously hard to win. The malicious terms “white supremacist” and “racist,” even if false, are inherently opinion-based. So the left-wing media has been emboldened to smear all of its political opponents in such terms, knowing that it has historically been on fairly safe legal grounds.
However, it may be proven that the media deliberately misled audiences by airing demonstrably false claims to sway the audience to be prejudiced against Kyle Rittenhouse.
If it is even possible the media’s coverage of Rittenhouse has been even more savage and dishonest than it was about Sandmann. Here is a sample of the media’s lies: Kyle Rittenhouse was a white supremacist; he had no family in Kenosha; he had an illegal gun; he had chased the rioters; the rioters did not attack him; the rioters were not armed; and implying that those he had shot were black.
Nicholas Sandmann closed his open letter with a personal message for Kyle Rittenhouse.
“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,” he said. “One of the saddening parts of this media onslaught is that it has taken young people like Kyle and myself to expose how corrupt the media really is.”
“From my own experience, I know that this cannot be easy for Kyle,” he continued. “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,” he said. “The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone.”
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