Jill Hamlin, a mother and one of the chaperones for the Covington Catholic High School boys who were confronted by activists after the March for Life, said the boys were targeted partly because of their red MAGA hats but also because they are white, Christian, and pro-life.
On the Jan. 22 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocey asked Hamlin, “Jill, you say that your boys, the boys there, were targeted. Was it because they were wearing MAGA caps?"
Hamlin said, “I think that was one of the reasons they were targeted and I think they were also targeted for what they stood for.”
Doocey then asked what they stood for and Hamlin answered, “Which is Christianity, the right for life, and they were singled out and I believe partially because of the color of their skin they were targeted.”
Hamlin, who was with the Covington kids when they were confronted by the activists, was asked why student Nick Sandmann was approached.
“We were all just gathered on the steps," she said. "We had heard the horrific insults that were thrown at our children by the by the Black Hebrew Israelites. They boys were gathered on the steps. I don’t know why Nathan Phillips chose Nick Sandmann."
"I think he would have targeted anyone," said Hamlin, "but maybe it was because Nick Sandmann had the courage to look this man in the face -- and he tried to defuse the situation by not reacting and by standing there respectfully.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade then asked, “You were there for what reason and why did all these cross currents get in your way?”
Hamlin said, “We were there for the March for Life – it’s an annual trip that the Covington Catholic High School goes to and we meet every year at the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the day to catch our buses. We were not there for any other purpose other than to attend the peaceful March for Life, which we did.”
After the Black Hebrew Israelites hurled foul insults at the Covington kids, “the boys asked if they could do one of their school cheers because they wanted to drown out the hatred that was being said to them and one of our teachers said it was okay for them to do their cheer," said Hamlin.
"We wanted to drown out the hate, the hatred message that was being thrown at our children," she said.