A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump incited violence against three protesters at a campaign rally and rejected the president’s free speech defense, according to The Gateway Pundit.
The lawsuit accused Trump of inciting violence when he shouted “get ’em out of here” at a group of protesters who claimed they were roughed up by Trump supporters at his command during a campaign rally in Louisville on March 1, 2016.
Trump’s lawyers sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing that Trump didn’t intend for his supporters to become violent and built their defense around free speech.
In his ruling Friday, Judge David J. Hale said the lawsuit against Trump and his supporters can proceed, citing sufficient evidence supporting the protesters’ claims that their injuries were a direct result of Trump’s actions.
Judge Kale was nominated by Barack Obama in 2014 to the U.S. district court for western district of Kentucky.