McConnell blames ‘far-left activists’ and media

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Mitch McConnell, politician serving as Kentucky’s senior United States Senator and as Senate Majority Leader

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “far-left activists” and the media are to blame for threats against students at Kentucky’s Covington High School who confronted Native American marchers and a black religious sect in Washington.

The Kentucky Republican said on Tuesday that the students from his home state had received death threats. He said, “Far-left activists and members of the national and state media isolated a very few seconds of video footage from any shred of context and many decided it was time to attack and denigrate these young people.”

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Criticism has been widespread since videos showed the students, some wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, facing off against Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips last week. But the various sides say they’ve been misunderstood and that partial images were taken out of context.