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Rush To Judgment

By Alan Ng | July 29, 2020

It’s a question worth asking. Just because the worst person in the world was elected President of the United States, does that mean we get to abandon our principles and values as human beings until he leaves office. Our political anger has fueled cancel-culture, and its unintended consequences are massive.

Steve Oldfield’s documentary Rush To Judgement covers the journalistic fiasco associated with Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and the infamous video where allegedly he “assaulted” Nathan Phillips, a Native-American veteran, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. NOTE: as of this review, Sandmann has settled two defamation lawsuits with CNN and The Washington Post for a reported $500 million total. At this rate, he’s on track to receive $2 billion when it’s all said and done.

“…he ‘assaulted’ Nathan Phillips, a Native-American veteran, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.”

We all remember the viral video of Sandmann donned with a MAGA hat looking smug as he’s face-to-face with Nathan Phillips beating his drum just inches away. Left and right went to immediate judgment against Sandmann. Undoubtedly, the kid has to be racist, and naturally, he has to be bullying a Native American because that’s what all Trump supporters do! The main-stream media went on full attack labeling Sandmann, his fellow students, and Covington Catholic High School as the worst example of Trump racism. Admittedly, it doesn’t look very good.

Within days, Sandmann would appear on the Today Show only to be lectured by Savannah Guthrie, and the veteran Phillips would appear on every other new channel telling his story about how the boys went out of their way to confront the veteran. In an unfortunate event, an internet troll would misidentify and effectively dox the wrong Covington student releasing his address and place pressure on the culinary school he wanted to attend to reject his application, and he wasn’t even there.

Rush To Judgment (2020)

Directed and Written: Steve Oldfield

Starring: Nicholas Sandmann, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…he's on track to receive $2 billion when it's all said and done."

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