Trump claims immunity as president from protesters' lawsuit
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 2:14
In the lawsuit, three protesters accuse Trump supporters of roughing them up at the March event.
During a rally in Las Vegas, Heimbach claims Trump said that in the "old days", a protester would be "carried out on a stretcher".
A week later, when protesters interrupted Trump in Louisville, the candidate responded with commands such as: "Get them out", "Get him the hell out", but also, "Don't hurt them".
U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled out that the attackers were Trump agents but said it's plausible the would-be President incited a riot.
Bamberger's lawyers also argued that any damages awarded to the protesters in the case should be paid by Trump or his campaign.
Bamberger alleges in a lawsuit, that Trump inspired his actions at a rowdy rally in March 2016. Though Trump was not physically involved in the incidents, the events often spurred violent protests and clashes between supporters and demonstrators.
The lawsuit comes after three protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, 21, Molly Shah, 36, and Henry Brousseau, 17, sued Trump, Bamberger and a third man, the white nationalist Matthew Heimbach. The lawyers also said Trump's "get them out of here" remark wasn't directed to the crowd.
"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the attorneys wrote.
A man who is being sued over an altercation at an election rally is now coming after President Trump.
"At the Louisville political rally at issue in this lawsuit, Trump and/or the Trump Campaign urged people attending the rally to remove the protesters", Bamberger's lawyers wrote. A man in a red "Make America Great Again" hat, who resembles Heimbach, shoves her multiple times, putting his finger in the University of Louisville student's face and yelling.
"To the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to - and inspired by - Trump and/or Trump campaign's urging to remove the protesters". He also agreed that Trump's speech that night "was calculated to incite violence" against the protesters.
CNN affiliate WDRB in Louisville reported in July that the Louisville Metro Police Department issued criminal summonses for Heimbach, Bamberger and Joseph Pryor of in, charging them with misdemeanor harassment for making physical contact with Nwanguma.
Trump made him do it.
"Trump kept saying "get them out, get them out" and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protesters", he wrote.
"If I say, 'Don't hurt them, ' then the press says, 'Well, Trump isn't as tough as he used to be, ' "he said at one point. They are swinging. They are really risky and they get in there and they start hitting people", he said, claiming it was often local police who removed the protesters from his rallies".