It looks like President Donald Trump has landed himself in a legal mess.
A U.S. District Judge David J. Hale has stated three protestors who were attacked at a Trump Kentucky rally may go ahead with their lawsuit against the POTUS, his campaign and two supporters.
Even though Trump’s lawyers argued that the lawsuit was a threat to constitutional protections the judge insisted that free speech that incites violence does not receive any protection in return. He said there was no protection for speech that may have incited violence.
"At this early stage of the case, the court finds most of the plaintiffs' claims to be sufficient," Hale ruled.
The judge further ruled that Trump probably incited violence at the Kentucky International Convention Center, when he ordered "Get 'em out of here." "It is plausible that Trump's direction to 'get 'em out of here' advocated the use of force .It was an order, an instruction, a command,” the judge wrote.
Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau were attending the March 1, 2016, to peacefully protest Trump.
One of them was carrying a sign with the then candidate’s head on a pig's body. Nwanguma, an African-American was attacked by a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. He shoved and yelled at her before another man pushed her out through the crowd.
The protesters have accused their attackers, Matthew Heimbach and Alvin Bamberger of assault and battery along with negligence, recklessness and incitement to riot.
"This is clearly a political prosecution, and it's a miscarriage of justice.I'm not surprised we have a biased system that favors violent and radical leftists instead of holding up justice for everyone,” Heimbach told the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch .
Responding to the incident, the Trump campaign has stated that no riot actually occurred, and that the president’s words were an act of free speech. They also added that Trump’s message was not directed at audience members but to security personnel.
But witnesses recall the POTUS saying, "Don't hurt 'em."
"Presumably if he had intended for protesters to be escorted out by security personnel, Trump would have instructed the intervening audience members to stop what they were doing, rather than offering guidance on how to go about it," the judge wrote.
It is important to note that this is not the first incident of violence to have taken place at a Trump rally. Physical and verbal abuse was an integral part of most pro-Trump gatherings, and people were often seen getting into fistfights and hurling racial slurs at one another.
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