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‘Trump Directed Assault On Black Woman At Rally,’ White Supremacist Says In Lawsuit

A white supremacist leader accused of assaulting a young African-American woman at a Donald Trump campaign rally has filed a countersuit on Monday claiming the president directed him and other supporters to remove protesters by force.

Matthew Heimbach claims in his federal court filing that he “acted pursuant to the directives and requests of Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President” and that, if he’s found liable for damages, “any liability must be shifted to one or both of them.”

The legal battle stems from a March 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky, at which protesters were allegedly roughed up and ejected by Trump supporters after the Trump loudly ordered from the stage “get ’em out of here!”

The protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah, and Henry Brousseau, have all filed lawsuits against Heimbach and two other Trump supporters — and Donald Trump himself for inciting the attack.

Heimbach, leader of the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network and a vocal Trump supporter during the campaign, can be seen in a video from the Louisville rally pushing and screaming at Kashiya Nwanguma as Trump bellows “get out!”

The protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah, and Henry Brousseau, have all filed lawsuits against Heimbach and two other Trump supporters — and Donald Trump himself for inciting the attack.

Heimbach claims that he “acted, if at all, in self-defense,” as well as “in reasonable defense of others,” while also contending he was acting at Trump’s instruction.

Noting that Trump is “a world famous businessman” who “relies on various professionals including attorneys and other professional advisors,” Heimbach writes that he “relied on Trump’s reputation and expertise in doing the things alleged.”

Heimbach writes that he relied on Trump’s authority to order protesters removed and that Trump was legally within his rights to ask other attendees to assist in defending their constitutional rights “against ‘protesters’ who were disrupting.”

Trump’s lawyers in a Friday afternoon federal filing added a new defense — that he cannot be sued for inciting his supporters to hurt protesters because, as the president of the United States of America, he is immune from civil lawsuits.

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