A federal judge ruled President Donald Trump, while campaigning, may indeed have incited violence and that a lawsuit brought by three protesters can proceed to the next level.
The case stems from a March 2016 incident in Louisville, Kentucky, when Trump was delivering remarks and three protesters — two men and a woman — started shouting from the crowd.
Trump paused in his remarks to say, to nobody in particular, to “get them out.” He also said, “Don’t hurt them.”
A man in a gray suit, ostensibly working for Trump’s security or his campaign, then pressed the three through the crowd, a video of the scene showed. The three said they were pushed and punched by Trump supporters, as they were being escorted from the scene.
The three then turned around and sued Trump, alleging he incited violence when he said to “get them out” from his podium.
Trump’s legal team argued the case should be tossed on First Amendment, freedom of speech grounds. But Judge David Hale ruled the case can forward.
As the Hill reported:
“‘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,’ the judge wrote.”
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