Federal judge allows protesters’ lawsuit against Trump to move forward

A federal judge in Kentucky has allowed a lawsuit against President Trump to move forward, in regard to the assault of several Trump protesters.

U.S. District Judge David Hale, in the Western District of Kentucky, ruled that the assault of protesters Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah, and Henry Brousseau at the hands of Trump supporters at a Louisville, Kentucky rally was exacerbated by then-candidate Trump yelling, “get ’em out of here” after the protesters began disrupting his speech. The lawsuit

“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” wrote Judge Hale in his opinion. “It was an order, an instruction, a command…Trump’s statement at least implicitly encouraged the use of violence or lawless action.”

Talking Points Memo’s Alice Ollstein reported that one of the assailants attending the Trump rally was a member of a prominent white nationalist group, who began aggressively shoving an African American protester after Trump shouted out his command. The judge also ruled that Trump’s First Amendment defense was not sufficient to have the lawsuit against him be dropped, referring to Trump’s instructions to his supporters to “get ’em out of here” as “particularly reckless.”

View video of the incident below, initially reported by WLKY in Lousiville:

In addition to suing assailants Matthew Heimbach and Alvin Bambearger, the plaintiffs are suing President Trump for instructing Heimbach and Bambearger to assault them. Judge Hale has now allowed the lawsuit to move forward, putting federal magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl in charge of the preliminary litigation, discovery and settlement processes.

View Judge Hale’s ruling by clicking here.

 

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.