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Oath Keepers Offer of Protection to Covington Catholic Students and Family


By Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers

Dear Covington Catholic High School Students and Families,

We, the law enforcement and military of Oath Keepers (both current serving and retired) offer you our protection if you need us, given the recent disturbing multiple death threats that sprang directly from the mass libel committed against you by leftist media.  We will also protect your legal counsel if they request it.  We know that at least one of the law firms representing CovCath students/families received a bomb threat.

We have retired police officers, special warfare veterans, military combat-arms veterans and highly trained Personal Security Detail professionals who would consider it both an honor and a duty to protect you, the CovCath students and families against terrorist threats.

This is an offer of a security escort to and from the school, and an offer to conduct a security assessment of your home and of the perimeter around the home. We are also willing to post up outside the home of any student and family who feel the need, such as those under direct death threat or who have been “doxed” by radical leftists (who are encouraging terrorism against the students and their families).  Such security can be covert or overt, depending on your needs.

To request our protection, please email us at:


Also, I, Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes (U.S. Army Airborne veteran and Yale Law School graduate), am currently in Kentucky and will be outside the school for the rest of this week.  Look for the man with an eye patch and a black and gold “Oath Keepers” hat.  Feel free to say hello and introduce yourself.

As conservative and libertarian constitutionalists (I worked on Rep. Ron Paul’s Washington D.C. staff), we know all too well what it is like to be libeled by leftist media and partisan leftist organizations such as the infamous SPLC.  Among other false allegations, we have been falsely smeared as being “anti-government” despite Oath Keepers members being current and former government employees, who stand in defense of the Constitution which established the federal government.   We are not anti-government.  We are merely opposed to unconstitutional actions by government.  It is our devotion to a strict, originalist interpretation of the Constitution – squarely in line with the late, great, Justice Scalia, that the Marxist left does not like.  We also encourage current serving law enforcement and military to refuse unlawful orders that violate the Constitution.   Apparently the radical left prefers blind obedience rather than thinking men and women with a conscience who will weigh the orders they receive against the Constitution they swore to support and defend.

You are now being libeled by false allegations of racism, as well as false allegations of “intimidation” of Nathan Phillips simply because some of your students wore Make America Great Again hats, and because they participated in the March for Life.   That was your real “crime” in the eyes of the far-left – being pro-life Christian Catholics who dare to go to D.C. to march for life, and for the “hatcrime” of wearing MAGA hats.

As we noted in our recent call to action for Americans to show you support:

The students of Covington Catholic High School have been threatened with violent assault and death by leftist terrorists across the United States (including threats to lock the doors of the school and burn them to death inside, school shooting threats, and bomb threats) for the “crimes” of:

Thoughtcrime:   Straight out of George Orwell’s 1984 – for daring to be pro-life Catholic Christians and attending the March For Life in Washington D.C.

Facecrime:  Another one from Orwell’s 1984 – having the wrong facial expression – for daring to simply stand, silent, and smile, in the case of sixteen year old student Nick Sandmann, who was condemned for “smirking” by legions of leftists in the media, in Hollywood, and all over the internet. Leftists stated that his face was deserving of being punched, and being accused of being “racist” simply because of his facial expression while standing eye-to-eye with Nathan Phillips. As a direct result, Nick and his family have received death threats. To Nick’s credit, he has stood his ground and defended his actions, asserting that he owes no apology. Unlike some adults who should have known better, he did not give in to pressure and did not allow himself to be “bullied’ into an apology. We encourage him and the other students to continue to stand firm. Do NOT give in to terrorist threats, and do NOT negotiate with terrorists.  Stand your ground.

Hatcrime:  (Not “hatecrime” – “HATcrime”) This is one Orwell missed, and the modern totalitarian left have even outstripped Orwell’s nightmare by also condemning the boys for daring to wear red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats, which the kids had bought that day from D.C. Street vendors.  This is actually the most egregious “offense” the boys committed, according to many on the left, who insist that a MAGA hat is equivalent to a KKK hood.  Leftists across American condemned the boys merely for wearing red MAGA hats – that’s “hatcrime” in their eyes.

Skincrime“:  Another one Orwell missed – for daring to have white skin while doing the above activities. The examples of the boys being presumed guilty of “racism,” condemned, hated, and wished violence and death because of their skin color, number in the thousands, if not millions, all over the web, and in fact, started on the day they were in D.C. The actually racist “Black Hebrew Israelites” yelling hate-filled racist rants directed at the young boys. It is sad and sickening to see the far left project onto the boys the racism that the leftists themselves feel, with their identity-politics indoctrinated hatred of white people for merely being white, while they barely noticed the real racist adults there that day.  It is also disturbing to see leftists presume that Nathan Philips was automatically in the right and also presuming he was telling the truth about the incident simply because of his race.

[Like you, Oath Keepers is overtly and specifically NON-racist, and anti-racist.  We follow Christ’s example of love for all of humanity, and we believe in individual liberty and that people should be considered and respected as individuals, not as racial groups.   It is the radical left, with their “identity politics” that is increasingly racially focused, judging people by skin color and ethnic groups rather than as individuals]

In George Orwell’s ominous novel, 1984, are descriptions of both “thoughtcrime” and also “facecrime.”   Here is the description of “Facecrime”:

It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.

Apparently lost on the modern totalitarian left is that Orwell’s 1984 was supposed to be a warning, of where we should not go, not a manual on how to get there as fast as possible.   And, as noted above, the modern left has outdone Orwell with their additions of “hatcrime” and “skin crime” all in the name of being “anti-racist” and “anti-fascist.”

And in their totalitarian zeal, they are doing what the Taliban and ISIS did, threatening to murder children for the sin of going to school as they threatened to bomb schools, bomb school buses, or threatened to lock the doors shut and burn children to death.  This is straight out of the play book of Islamist terrorists.

And if we won’t stand up against that, we won’t stand up against anything.

It doesn’t matter if the children are right or left.  Doesn’t matter what the kids said or did, and apparently they actually said and did not much at all. The radical left doesn’t really care –  even after additional footage showed the kids were not aggressors in any way, many leftists still hate the kids for daring to wear those hats, and daring to be pro-life, and daring to smile (again, hatcrime, thoughtcrime, and face crime).

This is evil and we have a duty to stand against it and to speak against it. We call on all Americans to step up and stand in support of the right of these kids to not be murdered or to be threatened with murder for simply going to school, or going on a school field trip to D.C. to march in the March for Life.

We, the police officers and military veterans of Oath Keepers, along with our fire-fighter and emergency medical brothers and sisters, stand with you and will stand in defense of you if needed.  Just ask.

God bless,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

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Featured photo: Oath Keepers Police and Military Veterans Standing Guard Outside of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, at the Request of the Pastors, After the Tragic Shooting There Last Year.


Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. Pretty tough people making them threats to them young boys but are not tough enough to put their names to them threats. Pretty tough people are really cowerdly sissy ass cowereds.Man up pussies and put your
    names with them threats. Let’s see how many of them read this and man up.

  2. Tears are in my eyes just reading this. Tears for these children, for this country, and also tears of gratitude that there are men like you guys who still exist. Thank you so much for being who you are and for offering protection for these children and their families and school. One day, some day, in the future I pray that the people who are lost to this cult-like mass indoctrination will look back and ask themselves what happened to their humanity during this time in history.

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