In the same week that CNN paid an undisclosed settlement to Nick Sandmann for slandering him after a massive scandal last year, other Covington Catholic High School students are now filing suit against a slew of other journalists and public figures who libeled the teens on social media.
According to LifeSite, Robert Barnes, the boys’ attorney, announced he was suing Reza Aslan, a former CNN commentator who called Nick’s face “punchable” in a tweet that he refused to delete until he was served with the lawsuit this week.
The tweet, from January 19, 2019, features the now-viral image of Sandmann and asks: “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
According to PJ Media, the lawsuit also names “Ana Navarro, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Maggie Haberman, and Kathy Griffin,” each of which refused to retract their libelous statements even after unedited video surfaced that debunked the narrative that the boys, particularly Sandmann, were harassing Native American veteran Nathan Phillips.
“According to the lawsuit, the tweet calling Sandmann’s face ‘punchable’ further spread the false narrative that the Covington Catholic boys had aggressively insulted the Native American man, when that was not the case,” the suit states. “The lawsuit, which Barnes provided to PJ Media, would slap Aslan with a minimum of $135,000 in damages.”
“False and Defamatory Accusations against the plaintiffs are defamatory per se, as they are libelous on their face without resort to additional facts, and as clearly demonstrated here, [the plaintiffs] were subjected to public hatred, contempt, scorn, obloquy, and shame,” the lawsuit argues. “The conduct of the plaintiffs, based on the false facts the defendants placed and circulated into the court of public opinion, led to these lifetime labels on these minors: ‘display of hate, disrespect and intolerance’; ‘heartbreaking’; ‘decency decayed’; ‘racist’; ‘cried for America’; ‘infamous’; ‘gall’; ‘shameful’; ‘darker chapters’; compared to genocide; ‘laughing and egging on’ ‘hurtful’ behavior; ‘awful’; ‘cavemen gestures’; ‘taunting’; ‘harassing’; ‘stalking’; ‘mocking’; ‘bullies’ who should be doxed, ‘named and shamed’, expelled from school, denied admission to college, be punched in the face, and their lives ruined.”
The incident arose after a heavily edited video of several Covington Catholic High School students waiting for a bus after last January’s March for Life were approached by Phillips, who shouted and relentlessly beat a drum centimeters from Sandmann’s smiling face.
Although unedited footage revealed that it was Phillips who approached and taunted the students, not the other way around, and that the boys had been shouted at and called all manner of vile names by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites just moments earlier, the students and their families were still mercilessly doxxed and received death threats, forcing their Kentucky high school to close several days over security concerns.
These boys have been through hell and back after having their names smeared by leftist talking heads. The only way to get these people to stop and think about the power their words have is to hit them where it hurts—their wallets.
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