Three protesters who were manhandled during a Donald Trump rally in Louisville, KY, have filed a civil lawsuit against not only the Trump supporters who attacked them but also the Republican frontrunner himself after he allegedly incited a riot and negligently failed to provide proper security at the event.
According to Insider Louisville, Shiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau have filed suit alleging assault and battery against “white supremacist Matthew Heimbach, an unnamed female affiliated with Heimbach’s white nationalist organization, and Alvin Bamberger of Ohio.”
Video of the assault was shared nationally on social media, and it shows the group of angry Trump supporters surrounding them, and then assaulting them both physically and verbally as the police stood by and watched.
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They are suing the bigoted billionaire himself and his campaign for allegedly inciting a riot. The lawsuit states that Trump, “in directing his supporters to eject peaceful protesters using harmful physical force, Trump intended to create a public disturbance involving an assemblage of five or more persons which by tumultuous and violent conduct created grave danger of damage or injury.”
The suit goes on to explain that because Trump’s words were “calculated to incite violence” against them, his hate speech is therefore not covered by the First Amendment. The complaint also claims that the campaign was negligent by not providing sufficient security to keep them safe, which contributed to the assault.
In the lawsuit, Trump is described as: “the former host of a popular reality TV show from 2005-2015, a former part-owner of the Miss Universe pageant, an occasional featured guest on WWE’s Wrestlemania, and the current front-runner for the Republican nomination in the race for President of the United States of America.”
The introduction of the complaint speaks of the violence that occurs regularly at the GOP frontrunner’s event. It states that protest of political rallies is a tradition that is protected by the constitution. Trump, however, “has decided to break with American tradition and the rule of law by inciting his supporters to physically attack” them, often carrying “the blatant stamp of racism, religious intolerance, misogyny, or any combination of the three.”
Read the entire lawsuit below:
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