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Sarah Sanders called out as 'hypocrite' for defending Covington student

Hours before Nicholas Sandmann — the MAGA-hat-wearing Covington Catholic High School student accused of taunting a Native American veteran in a controversial video — appeared on Wednesday’s Today broadcast to insist that his behavior was “not disrespectful,” he found support from a major White House player: press secretary Sarah Sanders.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday night, Sanders railed against “fake news” and claimed that the media misrepresented Sandmann and his classmates, who have been accused of racism and have reportedly received death threats since being filmed at a Washington, D.C., protest on Friday. The teens have also been invited to the White House.

Sarah Sanders’s defense of Nicholas Sandmann raised the ire of former Parkland student David Hogg and others. (Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images)
Sarah Sanders’s defense of Nicholas Sandmann raised the ire of former Parkland student David Hogg and others. (Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images)

“We saw it again with the Covington students,” Sanders told Hannity. “I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life.”

That statement raised some eyebrows, with Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg expressing disbelief.

Hogg was accused of being a crisis actor — with a Republican candidate in Maine calling him a “bald-faced liar” — in the aftermath of the Feb. 14, 2018, school shooting. More recently, Fox News’ own Laura Ingraham mocked the 18-year-old’s acceptance to Harvard next year, prompting Hogg to call for a boycott of her show.

David Hogg has been accused of being a crisis actor by some right-wing critics. (Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
David Hogg has been accused of being a crisis actor by some right-wing critics. (Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

Other critics suggested that Sanders’s comment was hypocritical in light of the treatment of minority youths, including the late Trayvon Martin and even the Central Park Five, from the 1980s. Some cited the recent deaths of two migrant children and Trump’s family separation policy at the border.

Sanders herself has been identified as a target of media vilification — at least according to her boss, President Trump. On Tuesday he tweeted that she was treated “rudely” and “inaccurately” by members of the press.

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