“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. Phillips’ motives, or without ever asking me for my side of the story,” Sandmann said in his convention speech.
“If advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky so be it.”
“Together, I believe we must all embrace our First Amendment rights and not hide in fear of the media, or from the tech companies or the outrage mob either,” Sandmann said.
“This is worth fighting for. This is worth voting for. This is what President Donald Trump stands for.”
“Canceled 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 canceled,” Sandmann said. “I fought back hard to expose the media for what they did to me and won a personal victory.”
“While much more must be done, I look forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible, and accountable news coverage,” Sandmann added.
“I’m proud to say that throughout my media nightmare, I have had President Trump’s unwavering support. And I know you’ll agree with me when I say no one in this county has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump.”
“I believe this country must unite around a president who calls the media out and refuses to allow them to create a narrative instead of reporting the facts.
I believe we must join with a president who will challenge the media to return to objective journalism,” he said.
Enter CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart:
“I’m watching tonight because it’s important. But I don’t have to watch this snot nose entitled kid from Kentucky,” Lockhart tweeted.
I'm watching tonight because it's important. But i don't have to watch this snot nose entitled kid from Kentucky.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 26, 2020