Federal Judge Rules Against Trump, Supporters In Rally Violence Case

I remember quite a few hilarious things from the Trump campaign trail – besides all the now-broken campaign promises, I mean.

A for instance is, I remember when he said he would pay any legal fees incurred by his supporters who acted on his behalf to shut down protesters.


A 78-year old North Carolina man, John McGraw actually took him seriously. After he was arrested for sucker-punching Rakeem Jones, a protester who was already being led out of a Trump rally by the police, McGraw later attempted to reach the Trump organization to have his legal fees paid.

Yeah, those fees didn’t get paid by Trump.

I hear he got a nice, red cap, though.

On March 1, 2016, at a Kentucky rally, Trump said from the stage, “Get ‘em outta here!” and violence ensued, as supporters went after protesters.

The protesters sued Trump’s supporters and his campaign, saying he incited violence from his position of power.

Trump’s defense argued that it was a free speech issue.

On Friday, a Kentucky judge, Judge David J. Hale, ruled against the free speech defense and agreed that Trump had incited violence, allowing for a case against Trump and three of his supporters named in the suit to move forward.


Said Hale:

“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.

Trump’s lawyer has tried to put distance between Trump and those supporters named in the suit, saying they were not acting on behalf of Trump.

They thought they were.

Hopefully, they’re capable of paying their own legal fees.


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