Attorneys representing the family of a Covington Catholic High School student at the center of national news story are filing a defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post. Nick Sandmann's family seeks $250,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky and could be the first of many over a January 18th confrontation that went viral. The Kentucky family accuses the newspaper of targeting the teen in a "modern-day form of McCarthyism." It claims the paper falsely gave its readers the impression the 16-year-old engaged in acts of racism.
In a tweet on Wednesday (February 20), President Trump is throwing his support behind the Kentucky high school student's defamation lawsuit. Trump quoted a portion of the lawsuit on Twitter this morning that argues the paper is biased against him. The president wrote, "The Washington Post ignored basic journalistic standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.” Covington student suing WAPO. Go get them Nick. Fake News!"
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