Another Judge Smacks Down Donald Trump: No Protection for Speech Inciting Violence at Rally

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Another Judge Smacks Down Donald Trump: No Protection for Speech Inciting Violence at Rally

Another judge has smacked down Donald Trump, saying that there is no protection for speech inciting violence, stemming from lawsuit in which he has been accused of urging supporters to attack protesters at a March 1, 2016 rally in Louisville, KY.

Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the case on the grounds that he did not intend for his supporters to use force against the three protesters.

“Plaintiffs Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau allege that they were physically attacked by several members of the audience, including Matthew Heimbach, Alvin Bamberger and an unnamed defendant they have yet to be able to identify,” the Washington Post reports. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

Judge David J. Hale “found ample facts supporting allegations that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s actions, and noted that the Supreme Court has ruled out constitutional protections for speech that incites violence.”

“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ‘em out of here’ advocated the use of force. It was an order, an instruction, a command,” Judge Hale wrote.

Read Judge Hale’s full ruling here.