Donald Trump got some bad news on Friday when a judge in Kentucky ruled against his attorney’s efforts to throw out a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.
The Washington Post reported that when protesters disturbed his rally, Trump said “get ’em out of here,” and the protesters claim they were then pushed and shoved by his supporters. The president’s attorneys tried to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. However, Judge David J. Hale did not agree, saying that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and that there is evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has gotten terrible news from a judge recently. A few weeks ago, a judge in Hawaii halted his temporary travel ban that would have affected people coming from six predominantly Muslim nations.
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