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That’ll Leave a Mark: Nicholas Sandmann Settles Lawsuit with WashPost

Posted on 24 July 2020

In a week where some in the liberal media appear to be rooting for the coronavirus as it’ll hurt the President’s agenda and his reelection prospects, recent Covington Catholic High School graduate Nicholas Sandmann racked up another legal win against these same partisan tools that tried to ruin his life. After settling with CNN six and a half months ago, Sandmann announced Friday (and on his 18th birthday) in a tweet he’s settled a defamation suit with The Washington Post for their coverage after he was confronted on January 18, 2019 at the National Mall by far-left Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Here was Sandmann’s tweet: On 2/19/19, I filed $250M defamation lawsuit against Washington Post. Today, I turned 18 & WaPo settled my lawsuit. Thanks to @ToddMcMurtry & @LLinWood for their advocacy. Thanks to my family & millions of you who have stood your ground by supporting me. I still have more to do. — Nicholas Sandmann (@N1ckSandmann) July 24, 2020 Three minutes later, he added in part that “the fight isn’t over” as he has “6 to go” and “don’t hold your breath [Jack Dorsey].” Also on Twitter, Wood wrote: For our present to @N1ckSandmann to celebrate his 18th Birthday, @ToddMcMurtry & I gave Nicholas the gift of justice from . . . THE WASHINGTON POST#FightBack — Lin Wood (@LLinWood) July 24, 2020 Speaking to our friend Joseph Wulfsohn at, a Post spokesperson said, “[w]e are pleased that we have been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of the remaining claims in this lawsuit.” Four days after the incident, the MRC’s Kyle Drennen labeled The Post’s coverage “ugly” and noticed how their retelling of events were “based only on the Native American activist's lies about being ‘surrounded’ by the Covington kids” and was accompanied by a column connecting Sandmann and his classmates to “[t]he Catholic Church’s shameful history of Native American abuses.” In another article Drennen flagged, The Post condemned the “smirking” Sandmann while conceding that there was a “[f]uller view emerg[ing].” As Sandmann noted, there are still a number of suits still out there. In March, Sandmann and his lawyers announced that they would be suing ABC, CBS, Gannett (the nation’s largest newspaper chain, anchored by USA Today), The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. With Sandmann having been both a minor and private citizen at the time of the incident and the liberal media’s reports being completely false, Sandmann looks poised to add more settlements before things are all said and done.