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Donald Trump: looks like MAGA hat-wearing students in protester standoff were ‘treated unfairly’

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced support Monday for students at Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School who were embroiled in a standoff with an Indigenous protester in Washington, D.C. last week.

Trump tweeted that it looks like student Nick Sandmann, who was seen standing close to an Indigenous protester and smiling as fellow students laughed and performed “tomahawk chops,” and his colleagues were “treated unfairly with early judgements [sic] proving out to be false.”

The story first unfolded on Saturday, when a video emerged that showed Sandmann standing face-to-face with Indigenous elder and Vietnam War veteran Nathan Phillips in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where both an Indigenous Peoples March and a March for Life rally were happening.

Initially, it looked like Sandmann was confronting Phillips.

However, a video released on Sunday provided a broader context for the encounter.

WATCH: Teen in MAGA hat denies mocking Native American, says incident was ‘misinterpreted’

That video initially showed a man with the Hebrew Israelites hurling insults at Indigenous activists, saying, “you’re not supposed to worship eagles, buffaloes… all types of animals. This is the reason why the Lord took away your land.”

Then, the video showed one of the Hebrew Israelites turning his attention to the teens, some of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats, and calling them “dirty crackers” and “incest babies.”

Students were subsequently seen gathering at the memorial in heavy numbers, and chanting back at the ones taunting them.

READ MORE: Video shows what happened before standoff between student and Indigenous protester

Phillips could then be seen leading a group of drummers toward the teens.

Phillips said that he approached them in an effort to defuse racial tension that was building at the scene.

The video then showed Phillips entering the group of teens and singing, while the students continued to chant excitedly.

WATCH: Indigenous man at Washington protest speaks about alleged mocking by teens


Phillips said he heard the students chanting “go back to the reservation” and “build that wall,” according to the New York Times.

Phillips also told CNN that Sandmann stood in his way as he meant to continue moving forward.

“I don’t like the word ‘hate,'” Phillips said. “I don’t like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled. It was like a storm.”

READ MORE: MAGA hat-wearing teen says Native American approached him in standoff

Sandmann issued a statement Sunday to “correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.”

He said he did not see or hear any students chanting “build that wall” or “anything hateful or racist at any time.”

Indigenous protesters approached their group, drums in hand, and Phillips in particular “waded into the crowd,” Sandmann added.

Phillips, Sandmann said, “locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face.”

He said he was “startled and confused as to why he had approached me.”

Sandmann said he did not speak to Phillips, nor make any “hand gestures or other aggressive moves.”

“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to [defuse] the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict,” he said.

One member of Phillips’ group also yelled at a fellow student and said they had “stole our land” and that they should “go back to Europe,” Sandmann added.

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