Flashback to typical Trump 2016 election campaign rally, with the Washington Times reporting (source).
“GOP front-runner Donald Trump has been criticized for not condemning his supporters who use physical violence against protesters at his rallies. On Friday, Mr. Trump insinuated that he enjoys the brawls and said he would defend his supporters in court cases. When a protester interrupted his speech at a rally in Michigan, he encouraged his audience members to force the protester out.
He then asked the crowd, “Are Trump rallies the most fun? We’re having a good time.” The billionaire real estate mogul said he was tired of the “political correctness,” when it came to handling protests at his campaign events. Mr. Trump recalled another incident at a New Hampshire valley where a protester started “swinging and punching,” and he said some people in the audience “took him out.”
“It was really amazing to watch,” he said, CBS reported.
Police are currently investigating at least two reports of assault at a Trump rally in Kentucky this week. In one instance, captured on video, a young black woman was repeatedly shoved by protesters as they called her derogatory names. At least one of Mr. Trump’s supporters who assaulted the woman, Joseph Pryor, was punished for the incident when he was discharged from the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program after bragging about his involvement in the assault.”
The Hill reports (source) a judge rules lawsuit on Trump inciting violence at rally can proceed. A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit claiming President Trump incited violence at a 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Ky. can proceed, the Huffington Post reported.
Judge David J. Hale on Friday rejected the free speech defense in the suit against Trump, his campaign and three of its supporters. The incident in question came in March 2016, when then candidate Trump yelled “get ‘em out of here” at a campaign event filled with protesters in the crowd. The protesters who brought the suit said Trump supporters attacked them at the rally.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force. Unlike the statements at issue in the cases cited by the Trump Defendants, ‘get ’em out of here’ is stated in the imperative; it was an order, an instruction, a command,” the judge wrote.
Trump last year blamed violence at his rallies on “bad dudes,” who are “really dangerous.” “We have some protesters who are bad dudes,” he said at the time.
“They have done bad things, and they are really dangerous and get in there and start hitting people, and we had a couple big, strong, powerful guys doing damage to people. … It’s usually the police, the municipal government, because I don’t have guards all over these stadiums. I mean, we fill up stadiums.”
A lawyer for Trump said the supporters in Kentucky were not acting on behalf of the Republican candidate.