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Twitter Suspends Account That Published Viral Video of Native American And Covington MAGA Teen

The Twitter account that launched a viral video of a high school Catholic student wearing a pro-Trump cap confronting a drum-beating Native American got suspended on Monday.

CNN Business first reported that, after so many media requests regarding the account, Twitter suspended the account of @2020fight, which posted the original video with this inscription.

"This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March," @2020fight stated.

The post spread on Twitter and Instagram quickly, garnering 2.5 million views and a few thousand retweets within a couple of days.

A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill that the video shown is only a partial clip of the entire scene that happened.

"Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter Rules," the Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.

According to the report, @2020fight seems to be the property of a California school teacher. But a CNN report indicates the photo is from a blogger in Brazil. Twitter said that, according to its guidelines, it takes steps to prohibit “fake and misleading accounts.”

As for the partial video, it shows Kentucky high school students from Covington Catholic High mocking a Native American elder at the Washington, D.C. Indigenous People’s March.

As the elder played his drum directly in front of a “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing Nick Sandmann, who smugly smiled while the elder played, other MAGA-cap wearing students from Covington are seen in the background.

The brief video clip that portrayed white Republican teenagers making fun of Native Americans circulated social media outlets from Facebook to Twitter. It made national news in a hurry and had the school and its community scrambling to right a wrong.

The Diocese of Covington condemned the students and the act, and the teenagers were left playing defense.

As the weekend rolled on, other video clips from the scene emerged, and it apparently showed other sides to the story.

Sandmann then released a statement Sunday claiming “misinformation” and “outright lies” about the scene at the march. Sandmann also said African-American protestors spewed “hateful things” in the direction of him and his classmates.  

"The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him," Sandmann wrote. "I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face."

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) said once other full videos got released, it warranted the vindication of the Kentucky teenagers.

"In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the young boys refused to reciprocate or disrespect anyone," Massie said on Twitter. "Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one."

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