The mother of the MAGA hat-wearing boy who taunted an elderly Native American man during a rally in Washington, D.C. over the weekend has blamed “black Muslims” for her son’s behavior, according to The Independent.
The teenager was among a group of students wearing Make America Great Again hats who were criticised for intimidating the musician Nathan Phillips, surrounding him to jeer and chant “build the wall, build the wall”.
But his mother claimed “black Muslims” had been harassing the group of Donald Trump supporters from the private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.
The woman wrote in an email to Heavy.com that her son and other boys were harassed by a group of black Muslims:
“Did you hear the names of the people where (sic) calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping to get something to futher (sic) your narrative of hatred??
“Did you know that this “man” came up to this one boy and drummed in his face?”
The confrontation took place on Friday, when both an anti-abortion March for Life rally and an indigenous peoples’ march were in progress.
The videos have prompted a torrent of outrage. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that the footage “brought me to tears,” while actor Chris Evans said the students’ actions were “appalling” and “shameful.”
Democratic congresswoman Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe, tweeted that the students had shown “blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance”.
Covington Catholic High School, where the boy attends school, has said it is looking into the incident:
“The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion,” the statement said.