We all remember the disturbing scenes of violence from Donald Trump’s campaign rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign season. Even worse, The Donald himself often egged it on from the podium. Well, that behavior is coming back to bite Trump in the ass, as a judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by three protesters who were harmed by Trump supporters at a rally will move forward, and Trump himself can be sued.
Judge David J. Hale said that “free speech” was not a defense for Trump, who yelled “get ’em out of here,” regarding three protesters at a March 1, 2016 rally. According to the lawsuit, Trump supporters assaulted the protesters after Trump instructed them to “get ’em out of here.” Judge Hale’s ruling says:
It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force. Unlike the statements at issue in the cases cited by the Trump Defendants, ‘get ’em out of here’ is stated in the imperative; it was an order, an instruction, a command.”
During the campaign, the violence at Trump rallies gained national attention and concern. Trump himself said that “bad dudes” were to blame:
They have done bad things, and they are really dangerous and get in there and start hitting people, and we had a couple big, strong, powerful guys doing damage to people. … It’s usually the police, the municipal government because I don’t have guards all over these stadiums. I mean, we fill up stadiums.”
Of course, Trump blames others for everything, so that comes as no surprise. He’s a complete imbecile, and his followers are like a cult. It’s about time he got his comeuppance in some way, and if it takes a lawsuit to bring attention to his complicity in the harm that came to people who were simply there exercising their First Amendment rights, then so be it.
Godspeed to the plaintiffs in this case. I hope they bleed Trump dry.
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