`I am a young man defamed by the media,` Nicholas Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, said in a video recorded in front of the Lincoln Memorial, at the Republican convention on the evening of August 25.

Sandmann and his classmates were vilified online after they appeared in a widely circulated video in January 2019.

Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, confronted the group of students, but many newspapers misreported and portrayed Sandmann as an aggressor who supported President Donald Trump.

`Looking back now, I can imagine how the simple act of wearing that red hat earned the hatred of the left and made me a target of cable news networks nationwide.`

Nicholas Sandmann spoke in a video at the Republican national convention on the evening of August 25.

Throughout the speech, Sandmann urged voters to continue voting for Trump, praising him as a president who would keep the media honest.

`My life changed forever in that moment. The mainstream media’s total war machine went into attack mode,` Sandmann said.

Sandmann has launched an $800 million legal battle against several news outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, The Guardian, The Hill and NBC.

After the incident, Sandmann became an outspoken conservative on Twitter, attracting many followers and on August 25, he fully praised Trump.

`In November, I believe this country must unite around a president who dictates to the media and refuses to allow them to create a story instead of reporting the truth,` Sandmann said.

The Republican National Convention lasted 4 days, from August 24, with 6 out of 12 speakers being Trump family members, including the President and First Lady, son Donald Trump Jr.

The theme of this year’s convention is `Honoring the great American story`, with the highlight being Trump’s speech at the White House on the evening of August 27.