Donald Trump orders the eviction of protesters at an election rally in Kentucky on March 1 last year.
Donald Trump orders the eviction of protesters at an election rally in Kentucky on March 1 last year. John Bazemore

Injured election protesters allowed to sue

A FEDERAL judge in the US has ruled that a lawsuit by three injured protesters against Donald Trump and three of his supporters can proceed.

Two women and a man say they were assaulted by audience members at Mr Trump's command on March1 last year at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky.

Much of the incident was captured on video, with Mr Trump pointing at the protesters and repeating "get them out”.

The President's lawyers argued that Mr Trump did not intend for his supporters to use force, but this was rejected by Judge David J Hale along with the defence of free speech.

Judge Hale noted the Supreme Court had ruled out constitutional protections for speech that incited violence.

"It is plausible that Trump's direction to 'get 'em out of here' advocated the use of force,” the judge wrote. "It was an order, an instruction, a command.”

The judge also allowed allegations to stand that one of the injured women, an African-American, was the victim of racial, ethnic and sexist slurs from the crowd at the rally.



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