17 Times Nathan Phillips Attacked High School Student Nick Sandmann In NBC Interview (Video)

The Native American man at the center of the controversy over an unusual interaction with Catholic school students last Friday said in an interview Thursday that he forgives the 16-year-old he faced off against, Nick Sandmann.

But after doing so, he then went on a rampage against that same student he just ostensibly forgave.

Over the course of a 9 minute interview on The Today Show, the Native American activist criticized Sandmann no fewer than 17 times.

NBC, meanwhile, attempted to use the interview to put an end to the story. On Twitter, the network wrote:

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“Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist who was stared down by a Kentucky Catholic school student during a tense moment in Washington, D.C., said he is now able to forgive those who were involved.”

If only. Instead, Phillips could hardly stop attacking these students.

Here are 17 things Phillips said upset him about Sandmann:

    1. That he gave an interview with NBC, which Phillips was asked to watch
    2. That he was “coached” before the interview
    3. That his answers were “written up for him” (2x)
    4. That he was “insincere” (2x)
    5. That he isn’t taking responsibility (x2)
    6. That he owes an apology to “a lot of other people”
    7. That he was engaged in the “tomahawk chop”
    8. That he was “mocking” Phillips
    9. That he was the “leader” of the mockery and the tomahawk chop
    10. That he didn’t walk away
    11. That he chanted “build that wall”
    12. That he expressed anger toward four Black Hebrew Israelites
    13. That he wouldn’t let him escape
    14. That he has a PR firm.

Of course, Sandmann disputes most of the charges above. But Phillips, it seems, is standing by them.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding Phillips, who at first portrayed himself as the victim saying that he was surrounded by the teens, when in fact it was Phillips who had approached the boys who were waiting for their bus.

Fox News reports:

Native American activist Nathan Phillips, whose confrontation with Covington Catholic High School students went viral, has a criminal record, including assault and escape from prison, according to a report.

Philips has become the focal point of the clash with the Kentucky students, after initially claimed that the students blocked his exit and taunted him with abusive and racist chants.

New additional footage that emerged over the weekend has since debunked his version of the event, showing him approaching the students rather than the students taunting him. He later claimed he tried to defuse a clash between the students and a group of black street preachers who were shouting racist insults at both the Native Americans and the white kids.

At the beginning of the controversy, Phillips largely avoided scrutiny. But according to the Washington Examiner, Phillips’ past includes being arrested and charged with escaping from prison, assault, and several alcohol-related crimes.

In 1974, Phillips pleaded guilty to assault charges and was fined $200. In later years, he faced numerous other charges and arrest. He was also sentenced to one year of probation stemming from charges of alcohol possession by a minor, the report said.

His military service record was also called into question. The Marine Corps confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that Phillips never served in the Vietnam War and wasn’t deployed overseas.

Phillips, then known as Nathaniel R. Stanard, served in the Marine Corps Reserve for four years before leaving in 1976 with the rank of private. During his time in the Marine Reserve, he was a refrigerator technician and anti-tank missileman.

This appears contrary to his remarks to Vogue, where he said, “You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role.”

Numerous outlets, including the Washington Post and the Detroit Free Press, have issued corrections to their articles that incorrectly identified Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran, noting Phillips’ lack of deployments to the war.

Since the controversy, Phillips has since offered to visit the Covington school and lead a dialogue about cultural understanding.

Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, seen in the viral video with Phillips, told NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday that he’d like to speak with Phillips as well.

Since the controversy, Phillips has since offered to visit the Covington school and lead a dialogue about cultural understanding.

Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, seen in the viral video with Phillips, told NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday that he’d like to speak with Phillips as well.