Rep. Eric Swalwell Files Lawsuit Against Trump for Inciting US Capitol Riots

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They just can’t help themselves, can they? After another failed impeachment attempt, Democrats are still trying to pin the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots on former President Donald Trump and his associates. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who looks like Dexter, filed a lawsuit on Friday against Trump, Donald Trump Jr., attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), accusing them of inciting the assault on the Capitol building.

In his lawsuit, Swalwell alleged Trump and his allies who spoke at a rally at the White House were responsible for persuading thousands of Trump supporters to march on the Capitol building to engage in violent activities. The complaint claims the former president’s rhetoric before and during the incident “made clear he poses a risk of inciting future political violence.”

“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol,” the suit argued. “Many participants in the attack have since revealed that they were acting on what they believed to be former president Trump’s orders in service of their country.”

The Washington Post reported:

The lawsuit claims the four speakers violated the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan Act by conspiring to violently interfere in Congress’s constitutional duties and failing to act to stop the mob. It also accuses them of multiple counts of negligence under both federal and D.C. law, aiding and abetting, and infliction of emotional distress.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller issued a statement responding to Swalwell’s accusations. “Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility.”

Miller continued criticizing Swalwell during a conversation with ABC News. “After failing miserably with two impeachment hoaxes, [Swalwell is] attacking our greatest President with yet another witch hunt,” he said. “It’s a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee.”

The 65-page lawsuit is the latest in a series of attempts by the Democratic Party to blame Trump and his allies for the riots at the Capitol building. With the assistance of the activist media, they are attempting to lump anyone who supports Trump in with the individuals who stormed the building.

Swalwell is not the only one attempting to use the riots to engage in lawfare against Trump. The Post noted:

The NAACP last month sued Trump, Giuliani and two extremist groups whose members have been accused of leading the violence at the Capitol — the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers — on behalf of Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.). Guiliani, Trump’s campaign and others also face defamation claims related to their groundless post-election criticism of a former U.S. election cyber security official and vote counting machine maker.

Since the Democrats utterly failed to remove Trump from office after he had already left office, they seem to think they can still use the legal system to punish him for a crime he clearly did not commit. But appearances can be deceiving, right?

Swalwell and his cohorts can’t possibly believe that this suit will succeed. Since the former president never directly called for violence, proving that he is responsible for the riots will be a steep mountain to climb. However, Democrats are hoping that this lawsuit will keep the matter in the spotlight. It is the same reason why they wish to keep 5,000 National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol despite knowing the threat was over a long time ago.

But if they believe that using the legal system to propagandize the public will help their cause, they might be in for a rude awakening. At this point, the impeachment effort failed. Nobody actually believes that the nation is in for a series of vicious terrorist attacks carried out by Trump supporters. They will never get anyone to believe that people on the right will stage multiple riots over a three-month period like Antifa and Black Lives Matter did last year. In the end, this smear campaign will amount to a whole lot of nothing.