As pointed out here, it is reasonable to think of him as a bully, but only if you disregard the ineffectiveness of his blows.
He's just a guy who will step into anywhere he can get attention, and who will echo the dominant narrative without question. Which makes him not a person, but a bunch of standardized opinions.
Ace of Spades has more. And, for those who doubt that Philips had spotted the kids as Catholics, and decided to attack because of it, a troubled incident.