Photo: Liberal Native American Activist Nathan Phillips Held Drum Protest at Trump Hotel In DC in 2017
Native American liberal activist Nathan Phillips was photographed at an anti-Trump protest in April 2017 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The protest was against Trump’s environmental policies.
Phillips was shown holding a drum and drumstick in a similar pose to the one he used Friday at the Lincoln Memorial when he harassed a pro-Trump high school student wearing a MAGA hat by getting in the boy’s face, drumming and chanting at him from a distance of mere inches for about two or three minutes.
Phillips rocketed to national prominence Saturday as he peddled a false story that he was set upon and surrounded by hateful students wearing MAGA hats. Numerous videos show that contrary to Phillips’ story it was he who approached the boys and moved himself directly in front of one boy, drumming and chanting in a Native American language without speaking to the boy or explaining what he was doing. The video below was taken by the racist, anti-gay black religious zealots who had been taunting the students before Phillips walked over with his fellow Native American activists to confront the boys.
Here is a video clearly showing that Nathan Phillips approached the students. On the basis of the evidence we now have, I believe that people who issued categorical and one-sided condemnations of the students should retract and apologize. pic.twitter.com/GxmXcMuQgC
— Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) January 20, 2019
A description of the 2017 event as posted to Facebook by the organizer, the Indigenous Environmental Network:
“Indigenous communities are under attack for protecting Mother Earth and defending their inherent rights, as such the Indigenous Environmental Network wishes to send a message to the Trump administration and its corporate interests that our Native resistance will not be silenced! Two days before the Peoples Climate March, on Thursday April 27th, we will gather in front of the Trump International Hotel to dance in unified resistance to the destructive policies of this administration and show that this movement will not be stopped.
“Native Drummers only, out of respect for local cultural protocols.
“This event is free and open to the public.”
Sadly, any hippies hoping to participate in a Native American drum circle were barred from participating.
The protest was reportedly attended by several hundred activists.