Donald Trump’s lawyers are arguing that anti-Trump protesters infringed on Trump’s First Amendment right by expressing “dissenting views” at his campaign rallies.
According to Politico, Trump’s lawyers are asking a judge to halt an ongoing lawsuit against the president by maintaining that protesters “have no right” to voice opposing views during rallies.
Three protesters who were ejected from a March 2016 Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Ky., have sued, claiming that they were roughed up after Trump incited violence by shouting “get ’em out of here!” from the stage.
Trump’s lawyers, however, argued that the then-GOP nominee also specifically said: “Don’t hurt ‘em.”
Trump’s legal team also said that Trump had every right to call for the removal of the protesters since they “interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right.”
“Of course, protesters have their own First Amendment right to express dissenting views, but they have no right to do so as part of the campaign rally of the political candidates they oppose.”
Even if Mr. Trump implicitly instructed the audience to remove the protesters by using force if necessary, his speech was still entirely lawful and protected under the First Amendment unless he advocated a greater degree of force than was necessary under the circumstances.
Absent that type of unlawful advocacy, Mr. Trump cannot be held liable for incitement. It makes no difference whether the crowd reacted with unlawful violence beyond what Mr. Trump advocated.”