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Federal Judge Drops Hammer On Trump, Allows Assault Lawsuit To Move Forward

In another blow to the Trump administration, a federal judge in Kentucky has ruled to allow a lawsuit filed against president Trump by three protesters assaulted at a campaign rally last March to move forward.

U.S. District Judge David Hale, in the Western District of Kentucky, agreed with the plaintiffs that Trump’s call from the podium for his supporters to “get ’em out of here” incited rally-goers to physically attack them.

As reported by Talking Points Memo, the judge ruled that the assault on protesters Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah, and Henry Brousseau at the hands of Trump supporters at a Louisville, Kentucky rally was exacerbated by then-candidate Trump yelling, “get ’em out of here” after the protesters began disrupting his speech.

Citing testimony from one of the assailants—a known member of a white nationalist group—saying he began shoving the young African American woman protester after hearing Trump’s call to “get them out,” U.S. District Judge David J. Hale denied most of Trump’s motion to dismiss the charges, saying that his angry demand for the removal of the protesters was “particularly reckless.”

In addition to suing assailants Matthew Heimbach and Alvin Bambearger, the plaintiffs are suing President Trump for instructing Heimbach and Bambearger to assault them.

Judge Hale’s ruling to allow the lawsuit to move forward put federal magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl in charge of the preliminary litigation, discovery and settlement processes.

Watch WLKY News report on the incident:

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