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President Trump doesn't have much of a filter. And his comments on the campaign trail just added another legal challenge to his plate.
A federal judge in Kentucky ruled Friday that a lawsuit accusing Trump of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally last March can move forward. Trump's lawyers tried to get the case thrown out by arguing the president's comments were free speech, but in his opinion, the judge noted that the First Amendment doesn't protect incitement to commit violence.
During the March 2016 rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, three anti-Trump protesters — two women and a teenage boy — claim they were shoved and punched after Trump repeatedly directed his supporters from the podium to "get 'em out of here."
The incident, caught on video, went viral, and a little more than a month later, the protesters — Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah, and Henry Brousseau — sued Trump for damages. Trump's lawyers, however, argued that the then-presidential candidate didn't intend to provoke violence. In his opinion Friday, U.S. district Judge David Hale disagreed.
"It is plausible that Trump's direction to 'get 'em out of here' advocated the use of force," the judge wrote. "It was an order, an instruction, a command." Hale also noted "ample" factual support exists for the protesters' claim that injuries were "a direct and proximate result" of the Trump's actions.
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