An incident involving a group of teenage students from Covington High School and Native American activists made mainstream media headlines over the weekend.
Initial reporting said the group of teenagers, some of which were wearing Make America Great Again red caps, approached the Native American members and taunted and harassed them.
The Native American members feared for their lives, CNN reported.
In reaction to these reports, Democrat Congressman John Yarmouth called for “a total and complete” ban on teenagers from being able to wear the MAGA caps.
“I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on. They seem to be poisoning young minds,” Yarmuth said in a tweet on Sunday morning.
“The conduct we saw in this video is beyond appalling, but it didn’t happen in a vacuum. This is a direct result of the racist hatred displayed daily by the President of the United States who, sadly, some mistake for a role model,” he continued.
One Twitter user commented that a government preventing people from wearing certain clothing amounts to the very fascist ideology that those on the Left claim to oppose.
Here’s more, from BizPac Review:
Rep. John Yarmouth, D-Ky., did just that in response to the non-story sweeping the nation over the weekend of Catholic students from his state allegedly disrespecting a Native American veteran on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the media’s version of the story failed to hold up as additional footage came out.
Yarmouth, who is chairman of the House Budget Committee, followed the first tweet up with an attack on Trump, blaming the president for the “racial hatred” that didn’t happen quite the way the anti-Trump media spun it.
Eventually, the truth emerged exonerating the teenagers.
“When Yarmuth got blown up on Twitter for his fascist-like suggestion, he did exactly what you might expect a D.C. politician to do — he claimed he was joking,” BizPac Review reports.
In another pair of tweets, Yarmuth said his “joke” was “obvious” and said he was a “passionate supporter of the 1st Amendment.”
“The President’s fans seem far more upset by my (obvious) joke about banning hats than they were when the President said literally the same thing about banning actual human beings. Go figure,” the Democrat wrote.
“And if there was any question, I am a passionate supporter of the 1st Amendment,” he continued. “I will always defend the right to wear MAGA hats. Just not the un-American policies they represent.”
Despite Yarmuth’s nonapology, several Republicans and Democrats who did rush to judgment did apologize for mischaracterizing the Covington High School students.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
Yarmuth represents the 3rd Congressional District in Kentucky while Covington Catholic High School is located in the 4th District.
The congressman for the 4th District, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said his discomfort with the initial narrative was why he initially withheld judgment. He also praised the students for their restraint.
Massie said he looked for other evidence and wanted to know what actually happened before making any final judgments.
“I was uncomfortable when I saw the video & description that first went viral, so I understand the initial reactions to the CovCath video,” Massie said. “I chose to wait for more facts before responding because the narrative did not match what I know to be the character of these students.”
“The honorable and tolerant students of Covington Catholic School came to DC to advocate for the unborn and to learn about our nation’s Capitol. What they got was a brutal lesson in the unjust court of public opinion and social media mobs,” the Republican continued.
“I’ve now watched over an hour of other videos from 4 different cameras of the incident in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I urge everyone to watch the other videos before passing judgement. Would you have remained that composed at that age under those circumstances?” he asked.
“In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the young boys refused to reciprocate or disrespect anyone. Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one,” Massie contended.
“In the context of everything that was going on (which the media hasn’t shown) the parents and mentors of these boys should be proud, not ashamed, of their kids’ behavior. It is my honor to represent them,” the Kentucky congressman concluded.