Nathan Phillips, the activist who accosted Nick Sandmann, is touted as a "native American elder" and a Vietnam Veteran. Regarding the latter title, Phillips has not acted to dispel that misconception. Had the press done some research and some basic arithmetic, they would have known it was impossible for Phillips to have served in Vietnam. Right below this paragraph I will post video that shows copies of his service records; the video makes plain that while Phillips did not claim outright to have fought in Vietnam, he really expended no effort to correct the media's spin. Indeed he most likely found it quite useful.
Phillips was born February 22, 1954. In order for him to enlist at the age of 18, he could have done so no later than Feb 22, 1972. He would have had to undergo basic training, a 13-week process. After that, he would have gone onto the School of Infantry, another 8 weeks. We're talking approximately 5 months before he would have been ready to deploy to a combat situation: that is, July-Aug 1972. At that time, the Marines were being withdrawn from Vietnam; the last troops left Vietnam in March of 1973. It's inconceivable that he would have gone to Vietnam as the bulk of US troops were leaving. So much for that schtick! Boys and girls, can we say "stolen valor"?
Phillips is quite adept at street theater - and video too, for that matter. Here is an article that details some of his chequered past; be sure to watch that Skrillex video for some insight into his various attitudes.
Mr. Phillips was a busy little bee that weekend. After he wreaked havoc at the Lincoln Memorial (a feat that could still have bloody consequences), he attempted to barge into the Mass being held at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception the following Saturday's Mass at 5:15, all the while chanting and drum-banging. Security guards had to lock the doors to keep the Phillips mob from disrupting Mass. I pray that neither Wuerl nor Rossi will throw the Shrine guards under the bus for keeping that mob from disrupting Mass, but given the lack of moral conviction and courage of today's prelates, one cannot be too sure. Will Phillips try to claim that he was surrounded by mean security guards? I wouldn't put it past him. But the truth is, he and his cabal are the real terrorists.
President Trump, to his immense credit, has come to the defense of the Covington students. Isn't it sad when we start to expect more charity and justice from our secular leaders than from our shepherds? It sickens me to see that the Diocese of Covington and the Archdiocese of Baltimore saw fit to basically grovel before Phillips. Foy and Lori played the feckless cowards. We must hold them accountable.
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