Nick Sandmann, the soft-spoken young man who found himself the focus of the left’s fury last year, had a big moment last night before a national audience. Sandmann said the left tried to “cancel” him. With all due respect, Nick, that’s not exactly what they were trying to do.
He didn’t have a radio or TV show. He wasn’t a social media influencer. He didn’t have a successful business. There was nothing to “cancel.” Nick Sandmann was a powerless teenage Christian, who was simply trying to exercise his First Amendment rights.
He and his classmates were mercilessly harassed by a radical black group, and then a professional protestor walked up to him banging a drum in his face. When Nick did not move, they didn’t try to “cancel” him. They tried to destroy him.
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It is not an exaggeration to say that many leftists hoped he would die. They used a level of bullying on a national scale that in our schools all too often results in suicide.
One well-known liberal commentator tweeted, “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” And they’re still smearing him, even after video evidence proved he did nothing wrong.
Radical leftists told him he would never go to college or get a job because they would follow him the rest of his life, telling everyone what an evil person he was. His school had to close because of threats. His family received death threats. They wanted him to put a gun to his head.
God bless Nick Sandman. God bless his courage that day for not yielding to the mob. Thankfully, he is getting some satisfaction in the courts.
But Nick’s fight is not over. Our fight is not over. The left’s assault on free speech and our cherished values is far from over. We must steel ourselves for the battles ahead. We must keep fighting for faith, family and freedom. And we will need all the courage we can muster.
LifeNews.com Note: Gary Bauer is the president of American Values, a national pro-family organization and is the former president of the Family Research Council. Bauer ran for the Republican nomination for president and appears frequently on radio and television programs.