'Covington kid' Nick Sandmann thinks Kyle Rittenhouse should sue for defamation: ‘Hold the media accountable’

Covington teen compares himself to Rittenhouse, urges lawsuit

Nicholas Sandmann supports Kyle Rittenhouse suing to ‘hold the media accountable’ in a new op-ed. Fox Nation Patriot Awards host Pete Hegseth reacts and previews the show.

Former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann – who famously settled a defamation suit against CNN – thinks Kyle Rittenhouse should sue news outlets to “hold the media accountable” after liberal pundits rushed to judgment on his case. 

“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” Sandmann wrote in a column for the Daily Mail in which he directly reached out to lend support. “The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone.”

Nicholas Sandmann thinks Kyle Rittenhouse should sue news outlets if he’s found innocent to "hold the media accountable" after liberal pundits rushed to judgment following the shooting death of two people in Kenosha last year. 

In January 2020, CNN settled a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Nick Sandmann over the liberal network’s botched coverage of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder that had portrayed the Kentucky teen as the aggressor.

Sandmann wrote, “In our hyperpolarized society, the first impression of Kyle has been set in stone, probably for the rest of his life,” specifically calling out President Biden, LeBron James and Rep. Ayana Pressley, D-Mass., in addition to countless liberal pundits. 

A guest on MSNBC compared him to a “school shooter,” while another said he is “arguably a domestic terrorist.” MSNBC’s Joy Reid referred to him as a “vigilante,” and Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., used the “White supremacist” term when talking about Rittenhouse during an appearance on CNN in March. 

“With Kyle’s name dragged through the mud, and the clear effect it is having on him, many have started to ask the question whether Kyle should sue for defamation. While I am by no means an attorney, I have gained some experience on the ins and outs of defamation and can offer an educated guess on what the outcome would be if Kyle were to sue,” Sandmann wrote, explaining how difficult defamation cases are to win. 

Kyle Rittenhouse pulls numbers of jurors out of a tumbler during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

“Should Kyle sue? It first depends on what happens in the trial, as those elements would come into play were he found guilty. However, if Kyle is innocent it would create an easier road to winning,” Sandmann wrote. “If Kyle is prepared to take on another burden in his early life, with the acceptance that it might result in nothing, I answer, give it a shot and hold the media accountable.”

Sandmann believes that “one of the saddening parts of this media onslaught is that it has taken young people like Kyle and myself to expose how corrupt the media really is,” and, as a result, he couldn’t wait for a verdict before weighing in. 

“I cannot hold back on the media’s public execution of him before the trial has concluded,” Sandmann wrote. “At this time I would like to use my platform to let Kyle know that I am here for you and if you ever would like to reach out to me, I am about the only person our age to have an idea of how the media is treating you. The way the media has treated you is terrible, and you don’t have to face it alone.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed this this report. 

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