During a rally during his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously called for an attack on protesters exercising their free speech; if you can stomach it you can watch below:
Well, a Kentucky Federal Judge David J. Hale just wrote that Trump’s words might have incited violence and allowed a lawsuit to continue against the President. The Washington Post reports:
At the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get ’em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters. Trump’s attorneys sought to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. But Hale noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”
It’s merely the latest example of Trump’s team arguing that his controversial words shouldn’t be taken literally. But though that argument may have held water politically during the 2016 campaign, it has since repeatedly hurt Trump’s cause when his words have been at issue in legal proceedings.
As a result, a lawsuit will move forward against the Trump campaign for inciting violence against innocent protesters that were attacked as a result of Trump’s words. These protesters were exercising their free speech when at the direction of Trump were attacked. Glad we have judges out there that still want to protect the people and are doing what they can to stop this horrid president.
Source: Washington Post