But he wasn’t president then.
I told you a few weeks back about the protesters from a Louisville, Kentucky Trump rally, who were suing Trump, claiming he’d incited the crowd to violence, causing them injury.
Trump’s lawyers are now saying that as president, Trump is immune from civil lawsuits.
Pretty sweet deal, if true.
The lawsuit was brought by three protesters who allege they were roughed up and ejected by Trump supporters from a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, after Trump barked from the stage “get ’em out of here!”
The lawsuit seeks damages from two Trump supporters who confronted the protesters, as well as Trump’s presidential campaign and the president himself, since the protesters argue the Trump supporters were acting at his direction.
I remember footage from that rally and all the stories of violence between protesters and supporters.
I also remember Trump telling his supporters that if they incurred legal fees because of defending him at his rallies, he’d pay their legal bills. Since then, he’s pretty much gotten amnesia, much like he has for years, while stiffing creditors and small business owners.
The filings on Friday by Trump’s lawyers state that he never incited or instructed his supporters to do anything.
That’s an easy claim to make, but a separate filing from one of the supporters being sued, Alvin Bamberger, disputes that.
Bamberger was caught on video pushing a young black woman named Kashiya Nwanguma, the lead plaintiff.
While Bamberger’s lawyers in their filing said their client “admits only that he touched a woman,” he “denies that he assaulted that woman.”
But, Bamberger’s lawyers stressed that “to the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to — and inspired by — Trump and/or the Trump Campaign’s urging to remove the protesters.”
They added that Bamberger “had no prior intention to act as he did” and “would not have acted as he did without Trump and/or the Trump Campaign’s specific urging and inspiration.”
And Bamberger’s lawyers are also looking to have Trump pay any monetary damages, should he lose the case against him.
Please refer to my previous statement.
Trump has a long history of stiffing employees and contractors. He even brags about it.
One of the protesters, Henry Brousseau, feels that Trump’s statement to “get ‘em out of here” was said directly to the crowd.
Brousseau claims he was punched in the stomach after shouting, “Black lives matter!”
One of the supporters named in his suit is a well-known white nationalist, Matthew Heimbach, who some have suggested could be the next David Duke.
Trump’s legal team have tried to say the lawsuits against him infringe on his freedom of speech, but the judge in the case has rejected that defense.
Trump’s “get ‘em out of here” comment, the judge ruled, was “stated in the imperative; it was an order, an instruction, a command.”
The judge also rejected requests to toss out the case because the protesters assumed the risk of injury by going to the rally to protest. “The doctrine of assumption of the risk was abolished in Kentucky decades ago,” he wrote.
Trump’s lawyers are seeking a jury trial in this case.