Nick Sandmann, whose face became synonymous in mainstream, establishment media with white privilege and entitlement, spoke tonight at the Republican National Convention.
His ordeal began in 2019, when he, along with his classmates from Covington, Ken., took a trip to Washington, DC, and attended the March for Life.
They visited the Lincoln Memorial, where they encountered protestors opposed to President Donald Trump. Sandmann's red, Trump-supporting, Make America Great Again hat became a focal point for smear merchants.
Sandmann said "My life changed forever in that one moment. The full war machine of the mainstream media revved up into attack mode. They did so without ever researching the full video of the incident; without ever investigating Mr. Philips’ motives; or without ever asking me for my side of the story.
"And do you know why? Because the truth wasn’t important. Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered. And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky… so be it. That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat!
"I learned that what was happening to me had a name. It was called being cancelled. As in annulled. As in revoked. As in made void.
"Cancelled is what's happening to people around this country who refuse to be silenced by the far left. Many are being fired, humiliated or even threatened. Often, the media is a willing participant.
"But I wouldn't be cancelled."
OANN's Jack Posobiec said that Sandmann was "more of an adult" than those who attacked him.
Nathan Phillips was one of the protestors who took issue with Sandmann and his hat. He yelled in Sandmann's face and banged his drum while fellow protestors encouraged him. Sandmann stood and took it.
Sandmann spoke about that experience tonight, saying "I was standing with my hands behind my back and an awkward smile on my face that hid two thoughts. One, don't do anything that might further agitate the man banging a drum in my face and two, trying to follow a family friend's advice never to do anything to embarrass your family, your school, or your community."
Despite this, media portrayed him as a vile, reprehensible kid with a "relentless smirk" and a "punchable face."