Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million

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The lawsuit filed in the U.S. state of Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, 16, is the exact amount Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013, equivalent to about $349 million.

In a morning tweet Wednesday, Trump voiced support for the lawsuit, quoting a line from the complaint and writing: "Go get them Nick".

Sandmann's parents chose the sum of $250 million because it is equal to what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos paid for the paper in 2013. It also shows Phillips and other Native Americans coming from the Indigenous Peoples' March approaching the pro-life teenagers and Phillips freely approaching Sandmann to beat the drum in his face.

Sandmann's school, Covington Catholic in Kentucky, initially condemned the students' actions and apologized on their behalf, saying in a joint statement from the Covington Diocese that it would investigate behavior that it saw as contrary to "the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person".

"It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: 'I've got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial, '" he told The Washington Post. A video of the encounter went viral and was widely covered by national media amid allegations of racism.

Speaking to the US Today Show on NBC last month, Mr Sandmann said he had not been disrespectful to Mr Phillips.

"The Post ignored basic journalist standards", the legal team argues, "because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump.by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President".

The teen from Covington, Kentucky has sued the Washington Post for defamation, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial.

"To make these charges and lawsuits and say it's all political and The Post hates Trump and that's why this was done, it was malice, I think that's a much tougher case to make in a courtroom", Kurtz said. The teenager stares smiling at him while Phillips sings and plays his drum.

The Washington Post is reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and plans to "mount a vigorous defense", according to spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly. He was accused of starting a confrontation, but other videos identified a radical group called the Black Hebrew Israelites had become the initial cause of the altercation by yelling slurs at the Catholic school students.

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