Savannah Guthrie called out for interviewing student from Lincoln Memorial incident: 'You don't have to do this'

Savannah Guthrie is being called out for her latest high-profile interview.

On Tuesday, the "Today" co-anchor took to Twitter to reveal that she had sat down with Nicholas Sandmann, the student at the center of the recent incident at the Lincoln Memorial involving students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.

"Sitting down with Nicholas Sandmann - the student at the center of the protest controversy at the Lincoln Memorial," she captioned an uncomfortable photo from the sit-down. "Airs tomorrow on @TODAYshow."

Twitter was quick to call out Guthrie for the interview, telling her, "you don't have to do this."

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The 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C.
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Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activist holds an images of Our Lady of Guadalupe as they march outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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"Do you think Pepe the Frog is available for Thursday’s show?" one person replied. "Can Dylann Roof do a segment from prison? Heart-to-heart with some Fentanyl traffickers?"

"Make sure to ask him about the videos of the group harassing women on the street and the ones where they said ‘It isn’t rape if you like it," another person reacted. "Also the pictures of blackface."

"In any other time, this young man would likely be suspended from school for disrespect," another account wrote. "You people put him on TV."

Others called the interview "yuck," "nope!," "keep it" and, calling to mind preview NBC News interviews with controversial figures like Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin, "I thought you fired Megyn Kelly."

Sandmann was the center of a viral video that showed him, along with hoards of his mostly-white male classmates wearing Make America Great Again hats, in a tense confrontation with a Native American Vietnam War vet, Nathan Phillips, 64. The standoff took place during the Indigenous Peoples March, which took place on the National Mall. 

The students were reportedly sent by their Kentucky school to participate in the anti-abortion March for Life event that took place on Washington, DC, on Friday.

"I never interacted with this protestor," Sandmann said in a Sunday night statement. "I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. ... I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation."

President Trump weighed in on the situation on Tuesday morning saying on Twitter that the students at Covington Catholic High School were "symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be."

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Savannah Guthrie through the years
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Journalists Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie attend the 2016 NBCUNIVERSAL Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Court TV correspondent Savannah Guthrie attends Lucky Magazine's VIP Preview to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation at Gotham Hall on November 18, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
SLUG: ST-MEDIA DATE: 05/21/2010 CREDIT: Dayna Smith/ftwp CAPTION: MSNBC's 'Daily Rundown' TV correspondents Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd during a live broadcast with Rep. John Dingell, at NBC studios in Washington, DC.
NBC NEWS SPECIALS -- Decision 2010 -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, White House Correspondent, NBC News during 'Decision 2010' on November 2, 2010 (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Journalist Savannah Guthrie attends the People/TIME White House Correspondents' dinner cocktail party at the St. Regis Hotel on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ann Curry and Savannah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 30, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Host Savannah Guthrie on the set of NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on June 28, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Journalist Savannah Guthrie attends NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Lady Gaga appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Savannah Guthrie attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: 'Today' co-host Savannah Guthrie speaks to the crowd on NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's TODAY Show on June 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie attend the 'America's Got Talent' season 9 post show red carpet event at Radio City Music Hall on July 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Australian-born presenter, Savannah Guthrie poses for a photo inside an art installation before hosting NBC's 'Today Show' live from Australia at Sydney Opera House on May 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Savannah Guthrie leaves NBC's 'Today' show at Rockefeller Center on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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