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Kentucky Gov. Bevin 'saddened' by CovCath students' D.C. incident, online drama

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 16:20:18-05

CINCINNATI — Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is "saddened" the the incident involving Covington Catholic High School students and Native American marchers in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Bevin took to Twitter Tuesday to weigh in, blaming "liberals" for being "intolerant" and saying that they were too quick to judge the incident based solely on short video clips posted online.

The initial videos showed the CovCath students, some wearing "Make America great again" hats, encountering Nathan Phillips, an Omaha Nation elder beating a drum. The students seemed to laugh derisively and in one video made a motion similar to the "tomahawk chop" used by fans of sports teams like the Atlanta Braves.

But other videos showed that Phillips had moved toward the boys, apparently intervening between them and a group of religious African-American demonstrators who had been shouting inflammatory statements at the group of students.

Still other videos were posted online, purportedly showing some CovCath students shouting at women even before they encountered the other group shouting inflammatory statements.

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As the videos spread, the event became heavily politicized. Many people on social media focused on the videos that supported their perspective and ignored or downplayed the others.

"It was amazing how quick those who preach tolerance and non-judgment of others were to judge and label some high school students based on partial information," Bevin wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

He continued in another tweet, "In a world where we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, we have increasingly little discernment and wisdom...

"Facts matter...The truth matters...Context matters...

"A little more genuine caring for one another and a little less digital vitriol would be good for all."