This is President Trump’s America?

“President Donald Trump started off the week by mocking one of the worst Native American massacres in US history in order to score some political points. By Friday, a group of young white teenagers were following his footsteps by taunting Native American elders at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC — on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, no less,” according to Vox and others in the media.

“In videos shared widely on YouTube and Twitter, a young man wearing a self-assured smirk and a red ‘Make America Great Again’ stands inches away from a native elder who is beating a drum. Different angles of the incident show a group of a few dozen young people, mostly boys, in the background, jumping up and down and jeering in unison at the group of elders present for the day’s march.

“According to Vincent Schilling from Indian Country Today, the elder targeted in the video clip is Nathan Phillips, a veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. Phillips is a keeper of a sacred pipe, Schilling reports, and hosts a ceremony honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. The commemoration coincided Friday with the first annual Indigenous Peoples March, which was organized by a coalition of tribal councils, activists and youth leaders to raise awareness on issues facing their community, from police brutality to mental wellness to violence against women.

The rest of the article is here.

Update 2/13: Investigation finds no evidence of ‘racist or offensive statements’ in Mall incident is here. And “Covington Students ‘Did Not Instigate’ Lincoln Memorial Encounter, Bishop Says” is here.

Update 1/20: One of the high schooler’s responses is here: https://heavy.com/news/2019/01/nicholas-sandmann-covington-catholic/

And here:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/23/18193428/covington-catholic-nick-sandmann-today-show

A video “The Truth in 15 Minutes” is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

36 thoughts on “This is President Trump’s America?”

  1. The story here is Mr. Nathan Phillips, it has gone viral in the Native news sources
    This brave elder showed what true strength, with honor, really is.
    In his determined eyes we see all of his ancestors singing with him.
    From our homelands, all across this country, we sing with him too.

  2. I’m sure Todd would want to have a “Make America Great Again” hat. But it would have a misspelling, like most of his posts.

      1. Here’s the latest post on Todd’s blog: “If the FUE went vegan he could clear the 450 acres in a week or two.” Todd once was a County Supervisor and Barry Pruett, who comments there, aspired to represent us as the County Clerk recorder. Go figure! Small towns are a hoot!

    1. Barry and Todd have become interchangeable, turning a blind eye to the ugly anonymous comments on Todd’s blog (“If the FUE went vegan he could clear the 450 acres in a week or two”) and cherry picking the perspectives that fit their myopic view. No integrity. Of course, that’s been obvious from the get-go, when Pruett ran against Greg Diaz for Clerk Recorder (and lost in every precinct). The sad part is that he learned nothing from it.

      1. Todd is becoming unhinged on his blog tonight. Well beyond any help that Dr. Phil could provide. Ha!

  3. There’s also a photo/video circulating of the same school, verified by Snopes, of a basketball game a couple years ago where they were playing a school with black players. Several students in the bleachers were in blackface yelling at a black team member.

  4. Niel,
    The Courier Journal wrote this article: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2019/01/21/covington-catholic-runswitch-pr-helped-student-in-controversial-video/2638400002/

    And this article reads: “Scott Jennings is a former advisor to President George W. Bush and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations and advises a pro-McConnell super PAC
    https://www.runswitchpr.com/support-mitch-mcconnell-united-states-senate/

  5. I wonder how many people in our towns understand what appears on Todd’s blog:

    “Todd Juvinall January 22, 2019 at 9:40 AM
    SNL has a babe that will give a BJ to anyone punching the kid in the face. Pelline should apply. LOL!

    Barry Pruett January 22, 2019 at 9:49 AM
    Lol. Pelline is soft.”

    Wow!

    1. Now Pruett is back on Todd’s blog, gleefully posting the link to an inaccurate article from George Boardman’s blog. He should have checked his facts! I have notified The Union’s management about it, since Boardman is a paid columnist there. You go Barry! ROFLOL.

  6. Gee, I wonder if Pruett is aware of the legal term “malice,” not to mention threats and intimidation. For the record:
    “Barry Pruett January 22, 2019 at 4:28 PM No worries Todd. We are working on something right now that’s going to make his freaking head explode. You haven’t seen anything out of him yet. When he gets wind of what’s going on he’s going to go 18 types of ballistic.”

      1. Gadzooks! Pruett has been up and at ’em since the 6 a.m. hour — with not one but two posts for Todd. And this time around, he’s leaning on Laura Ingraham and Fox to make his points. If the Valpo law profs graded with “smileys” (AKA emojis) I think that would be worth six of them! 😂 😂 😂😂 😂 😂

      1. Annie,
        The fools over on Todd’s blog think that I’m you. Again. Imagine if they were lawyers trying to argue that case in court. The judge would toss them out of the courtroom.

  7. The counting comments thing is based on the idea that almost everyone with a liberal viewpoint that posts on Rebane’s blog is considered by super sleuths like Gregory and fish to be the same one or two people using various sock puppet names. In terms of your blog they think you are about the only person who posts here and Annie Fox, among others, is your sock puppet. If they would count the posts on RR they would discover that the same four old white males account for 90% of the posts. It is some weird ‘our blog is better than your blog because it gets more posts’ thing reminiscent of trump rhetoric about how great he is. Perhaps the same narcissism disorder is in play.

  8. I wonder if they need an abacus to help them count. (Or more appropriately, do they even know what an abacus is?) Small towns are a hoot!

  9. Boardman and Pruett are still grinding axes over Pruett’s loss to Diaz in every precinct in the 2010 Clerk-Recorder election. That’s a lot of axes! 😂 😂 😂😂 😂 😂

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