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With the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse now in the hands of a jury, the young man’s legal ordeal may be coming to a conclusion but there is still the business of the sick vilification of the 18-year-old by the establishment media, a depraved demonization campaign that has falsely depicted him as a murderous white supremacist.
If Rittenhouse is acquitted despite fears of an eruption of violent rioting over the “wrong” verdict, he could soon go after the smear merchants who have sullied his name with their dastardly lies and blatant efforts to influence the jury by poisoning the court of public opinion and one prominent victim of a similar media onslaught is offering up some valuable advice.
Nicholas Sandmann, who was subjected to a sustained torrent of hatemongering for wearing a red MAGA hat during a 2019 visit to the Lincoln Memorial during the March For Life based on a misleadingly edited encounter with a belligerent Native American activist, responded to the smear campaign by lawyering up and suing his media antagonists,
Sandmann who was 16-years-old at the time of his field trip with fellow students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School penned a column for the Daily Mail about similarities between how he was treated by the professional character assassins in the media and what Rittenhouse has been subjected to.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE: An opinion I just wrote on the media, and the trial taking place in Kenosha:https://t.co/nJVHOK4Eo0
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) November 16, 2021
“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” writes Sandmann. “Kyle was 17-years-old when he became a household name after that terrible tragedy in Kenosha.”
“I was 16-years-old when I was catapulted into the national conversation by video of an encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,” he added. “Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist. To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist”
“In only hours a CNN host tweeted an image of me, writing: ‘Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” Sandmann continued, referring to a then-employee of self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” whose since-deleted tweet endorsed violence against the youngster.
“Kyle wasn’t given his day in court by his critics,” he wrote, “And neither was I.”
Sandmann would go on to reach a settlement with the cable “news” network after he sued them for defamation.
Yes, We settled with CNN.
— Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) January 7, 2020
In his column, Sandmann offered up some advice to Rittenhouse but stated that any potential road to justice would be dependent on the results of the trial.
“Should Kyle sue? It first depends on what happens in the trial, as those elements would come into play were he found guilty. However, if Kyle is innocent it would create an easier road to winning,” he wrote.
He also pointed out that there will be a long and uncertain road if Rittenhouse decides to sue the media, writing that “the chances are still low and nothing is guaranteed in a defamation trial. Kyle should also be prepared for a long trial which will be present in his mind for years.”
Sandmann noted that his own legal proceedings are ongoing: “I personally am still involved in six media lawsuits as January approaches marking three years since the confrontation took place at the March for Life.”
He added, “So, if Kyle is prepared to take on another burden in his early life, with the acceptance that it might result in nothing, I answer, give it a shot and hold the media accountable.”
“One of the saddening parts of this media onslaught is that it has taken young people like Kyle and myself to expose how corrupt the media really is,” Sandmann wrote. “From my own experience, I know that this cannot be easy for Kyle. While I have waited to comment on the facts of Kyle’s case until the trial ends. I cannot hold back on the media’s public execution of him before the trial has concluded.”
He concluded with the message that he will be there for Rittenhouse if he needs help.
“At this time I would like to use my platform to let Kyle know that I am here for you and if you ever would like to reach out to me, I am about the only person our age to have an idea of how the media is treating you. The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone,” he wrote.
Jury deliberations in the Rittenhouse trial continue.
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