In March of 2016, a man named Alvin Bamberger allegedly assaulted a protester as she was being kicked out of a Louisville, Kentucky rally for Donald Trump, who was touring the U.S. for his presidential campaign. On Friday, Bamberger filed court documents saying that Donald Trump incited him to violence, stating that he “had no prior intention to act as he did” until Trump supposedly encouraged him to attack.
According to the New York Daily News, the filing states, “Bamberger would not have acted as he did without Trump and/or the Trump Campaign’s specific urging and inspiration.”
CNN reports that Bamberger and the other attackers are currently being sued by the peaceful protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, who say they were there holding signs to protest Trump’s campaign. Nwanguma was allegedly pushed by another rally goer before Bamberger hit her. He has acknowledged that he "pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit,” but denies assaulting her.
His attorney, Stephen Pence (an unfortunate name given which side he's on), says that Trump and his campaign "repeatedly urged people attending" his rallies to "remove individuals who were voicing opposition to Trump's candidacy."
The lawsuit also alleges that Trump frequently "promised to pay the legal fees of those who -- following Trump's urgings -- removed the protesters."
The response from the President’s attorney has been varied, though they admit he did state, “Get them out of here,” in reference to the protesters during his rallies. In a separate filing, Trump’s lawyers say it is the protesters who “responsible for their own injuries," since they bought tickets to the rallies. They also assert that Trump “is immune from suit because he is President of the United States.”
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