Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist who was caught on video accosting a group of Catholic teenagers but was touted by the fake news media as the victim, has now been revealed to have a violent criminal history including a jail break.
Nathan Phillips, the Indian who falsely accused a group of kids from Covington Catholic school in Kentucky of being racists, became the darling of the fake news media this week.
But it wasn’t long before it started becoming pretty obvious that Phillips was a scam artist.
Firstly, he got caught telling two different stories. In one report Phillips told the media that he was “surrounded” by the Covington kids, and in another he admitted that he moved toward them.
Ultimately, the video proved conclusively that Phillips lied. Columnist Matthew Schmitz, for instance, pointed put that the video proves that Phillips led his group of Indians straight up to the kids. They did not violently surround him like he claimed in early his interviews.
Here is a video clearly showing that Nathan Phillips approached the students. On the basis of the evidence we now have, I believe that people who issued categorical and one-sided condemnations of the students should retract and apologize. pic.twitter.com/GxmXcMuQgC
— Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) January 20, 2019
Phillips also lied about being a “Vietnam veteran.”
Early in the failed reporting of the confrontation Phillips told the media he was a “Vietnam veteran.” Now we have learned that really isn’t true.
A large number of media outlets reported that Phillips was a “Vietnam veteran.” The media universally characterized him as a combat veteran during the Vietnam War. But now we have found out that Phillips never served in Vietnam, nor did he ever serve in any combat role.
We have found out that Phillips went into the service in 1972 and was not ready for any sort of deployment until the same year we had already started pulling out of Vietnam.
Turns out Phillips served here in the U.S. and never served during war or in combat. Far from being a combat veteran, Phillips was a refrigerator technician during his service. That does not square with how the media reported his service. The media portrayed him as a combat veteran.
But there is more. We have also found out that Phillips has a violent criminal history and even has a jail break on his record.
Phillips, whose original name was Nathaniel R. Stanard, was arrested at 19 and charged with escaping from prison, assault, and several alcohol-related crimes.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Phillips, who was 19 at the time, was “charged with escaping from the Nebraska Penal Complex where he was confined May 3,” according to a May 9, 1974, article in the Lincoln Star. The court approved a bond of $500 and set a preliminary hearing for May 14.
He pleaded guilty to assault on June 19, 1974, and was fined $200. In addition, he was charged with underage possession of alcohol in 1972, 1973, and 1975, as well as negligent driving. A destruction of property charge against him was dropped in August 1973, but Phillips was sentenced to one year probation for a related charge of alcohol possession by a minor. In December 1978, he was charged with driving without a license.
This is the guy the media is lauding as a hero.
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