Trump backer who pushed protesters is now suing Trump

Apr 18, 2017, 02:15
Trump backer who pushed protesters is now suing Trump

These attorneys also made a claim against Trump saying that throughout the election process Trump repeatedly urged supporters to throw out protesters and even hinted that he would pay the legal fees of those who did and found themselves in trouble.

Trump's attorneys denied that he was giving direct instructions to his supporters - one of whom can be seen in a widely publicized video pushing a black woman and others from behind while people jeered at the protesters from among the crowd. During the altercation, Trump shouted at them to "get out" and "get 'em out of here!"

"To the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to - and inspired by - Trump and/or Trump campaign's urging to remove the protesters", wrote the attorneys. This complicates the now president's argument that he is immune to civil lawsuits.

While the judge has not yet set a timetable for the expected trial, Belzley said his team would begin requesting campaign documents and other evidence they hope will show that Trump knew his words could provoke violence. They further said that Trump and his campaign "lack sufficient information" about most of the allegations "and therefore deny them".

Now Bamberger is coming after Trump, with a claim filed by Louisville attorney Stephen Pence that alleges the then-candidate and his campaign "repeatedly urged people attending" his rallies to "remove individuals who were voicing opposition to Trump's candidacy".

The three protesters - Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau - say they were assaulted while attending the Louisville rally for the goal of "peacefully protesting Trump", according to Hale's ruling.

Alvin Bamberger, 75, filed a countersuit in U.S. District Court, saying "he would not have acted as he did without" Trump's "urging and inspiration".

Bamberger, who faces a claim of assault and battery, also sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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The case being pursued against Trump was lodged by a group of three protesters who were shoved, punched, and assaulted by a Trump mob during a rally in March of 2016.

A week later, when protesters interrupted Trump in Louisville, the candidate responded with commands such as: "Get them out", "Get him the hell out", but also, "Don't hurt them".

"Bamberger had no prior intention to act has he did", the lawyers wrote.

Nwanguma alleged she was the subject of racist and sexist slurs during the incident, WDRB reported.

Bamberger, Heimbach and a third man, Joseph Pryor, were charged last summer with misdemeanor harassment by Louisville police.

If anyone was injured, Trump's attorneys argue, it was not because of anything the then-candidate said during the rally.

As part of his defense, Heimbach is arguing the protesters "provoked" him and he "acted, if at all, in self defense".