The three protestors who were forcibly removed from a March 2016 Trump rally while being shoved and hit by his supporters will be allowed to continue their lawsuit, a Kentucky federal judge has determined.The three protestors are suing President Trump for inciting violence when he repeatedly told security to “get ‘em out of here.”
President Trump’s attorneys requested the case be dismissed on grounds of Freedom of Speech, but Judge David J. Hale ruled that speech inciting violence is not protected by the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment. His ruling further stated there is enough evidence to suggest the protestors’ injuries were a direct result of Trump’s rhetoric.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote, as reported by the Washington Post. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”
The case is the latest in the debate surrounding whether all of Trump’s words should be taken seriously. Those in the President’s corner, including Trump’s attorneys and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, argue there is a solid line separating the President’s satire from his sincerity. Others argue that everything the President says should be taken literally.
In this case, Judge David J. Hale is taking his words literally.