The carefully edited footage created an internet sensation, with the media and leftists calling the “MAGA’ hat kid a racist attacker.
However, yesterday, real footage of the incident showed that Phillips started the altercation and the high school children showed remarkable restraint and compassion, even while being called vile names.
Yet, there is more to the story.
Nathan Phillips seems to be a professional protestor. He was allegedly ‘harassed’ by a group of college kids in 2015, and news reports have repeated that he is 64-years-old.
In an article in an Omaha newspaper in 2000, the story said he was 45-years-old, but for argument sake, let’s all assume he is actually 64.
The problem with that is the timeline. How could Phillips have served in Vietnam if he’s 64, unless he enlisted at age 16 or 17, and then served for a few months?
Some stories have referred to Phillips as a Marine, but there has been no corroborating evidence uncovered by any ‘journalists.’
One man responded to questions about the Vietnam timeline.
“Thanks for taking the time to ask this!
“The question asked when the last US ground combat troops left Vietnam. We gave the correct answer, ie 1972. The last American combat unit was a task force from the 3d Bn, 21st Inf Regt and battery B, 3d Bn, 82d Field Artillery Regt which had been stationed in Danang (I commanded battery C, 3d Bn, 82d FA and B btry was our ‘sister’ battalion).
“These were the last US ground combat units in Vietnam, and I was there when they left in August of 1972.
“As a matter of fact, when my unit disbanded in June 1972, we sent B Btry about 15 of our guys who stayed with B Btry until it left in August.
“Of note: these C btry guys took along a US flag that had flown over my firebase and put it up over the B Btry firebase where it flew until the task force departed in Aug 72. Therefore, the last American flag to fly over a US firebase in Vietnam was mine.
“Some American troops (no combat troops) were still in Vietnam until they left in 1973.”—Jerry Morelock, Armchair General, Senior Historian.
So, if there were still a few troops, (non-combat) in 1973, Phillips would have been 17 when the last troops were leaving the country.
Now, it’s possible that Phillips could have served. According to the memorial Wall, 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17-years-old, five soldiers on the Wall were 16-years-old, one soldier, PFC Dan Bullock, was 15-years-old.
Given his behavior, deliberately protesting Covington Catholic High School kids who were there to demonstrate for the unborn, it seems like the entire episode was a carefully crafted stunt, many people argue.
The kids showed remarkable restraint. Phillips told a Detroit newspaper that he had “tried to keep the peace between a group of mostly white students attending a March for Life event and a gathering of about four black members of a religious group known as the Black Hebrew Israelites.”
He added, “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey” and claimed that the students had chanted “build the wall,” which has been disproven by the full video.
Phillips also told the Washington Post “he felt threatened by the teens and that they swarmed around him,” but he approached the group and they thought he was friendly at first.
One individual is seen on video telling the kids, “White people, go back to Europe, where you came from,” as Phillips was banging a drum. “This is not your land,” the individual added.
A man who could lie about some school children’s actions for publicity may in fact be lying about his service to the country, many people argue.