A US District Judge says three protesters who were physically ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Kentucky can proceed with a lawsuit against the president. According to Judge David Hale, Trump’s rhetoric and repetition of “Get ‘em out of here” may have incited violence during the 2016 rally.
When peaceful protesters Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau first filed a lawsuit in March of 2016, Trump’s lawyers defended the then-candidate, citing he used free speech and was not ordering the crowd to become violent, reported CNN.
However, Judge Hale denied Trump’s free speech defense and claimed that violence only occurred at the rally after Trump made his statement to get them out.
"It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ‘em out of here’ advocated the use of force," Hale wrote in an opinion. "It was an order, an instruction, a command."
Nwanguma, Shah and Brousseau accused two Trump supporters of assault and battery. According to the ruling, Matthew Heimbach, a representative of the white nationalist Traditionalist Workers Party, and Alvin Bamberger physically attacked the protesters.
In a letter to the Korean War Veterans Association, Bamberger stated, “Trump kept saying ‘get them out, get them out’ and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protestors...I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit."
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