“Unfortunately there is too often a rush to judgement from our media and social media these days,” the former presidential candidate tweeted. “We should stop and look at the facts first.”
Senator Rand Paul and Representative Thomas Massie, both from Kentucky (Rep. Massie represents the district containing Covington Catholic High School) have both weighed in, in defense of the “Covington kids”: Catholic high-schoolers, unfairly and inaccurately smeared by the media (social and otherwise) for an incident which occurred following the March for Life last Friday (18 January). As the linked post notes,
“The media, the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders, left-wing activists, and even the March for Life itself condemned the students for allegedly harassing a Native American man. In its initial statement, the Diocese of Covington suggested the students may be expelled.
“But a full video of the encounter showed a very different situation, with the older man confronting the students and other protestors calling them offensive slurs – and the students remaining calm and not returning the mistreatment in kind.”
Rep. Massie was even more emphatic than Sen. Paul, tweeting,
“The honorable and tolerant students of Covington Catholic School came to DC to advocate for the unborn and to learn about our nation’s [capital]. What they got was a brutal lesson in the unjust court of public opinion and social media mobs…
“In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the young boys refused to receiprocate or disrespect anyone. Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one.”
I don’t expect Leftists or the “liberal” media to feel any shame for their reprehensible defamation of the Covington High School students. But I do hope the conservatives and Catholics who jumped on the bandwagon are feeling some remorse, by this point! An apology is called for, it seems to me.