Donald Trump Sued Over Violence At Kentucky Rally

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Three people who claim they were attacked or subjected to racial slurs at a rally in Kentucky for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump are suing the candidate and his campaign.

The lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of three protesters alleges Trump encourages an atmosphere of violence, according to NBC News.

“Each time he said ‘get them out,’ Trump intended for his supporters to use unwanted, harmful physical violence to remove protesters,” the suit reads.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kashiya Nwanguma, a 21-year-old college student; Molly Shah, 36, and Henry Brousseau, a 17-year-old high school student, according to NBC.

“Each time he said ‘get them out,’ Trump intended for his supporters to use unwanted, harmful physical violence to remove protesters,” the suit reads.

Violence at Trump rallies, at least two of which involved audience members sucker punching protesters as they were being led away, have raised questions about whether the Republican front-runner’s speeches and tone are inciting supporters. Trump has denied that he condones violence.

The lawsuit filed Thursday was on behalf of Kashiya Nwanguma, a 21-year-old college student; Molly Shah, a 36-year-old activist; and Henry Brousseau, a 17-year-old high school student.

Nwanguma was seen in a video being pushed by members of the crowd and the suit states some of Trump’s supporters shouted racial slurs at her. The suit goes on to name two men who were allegedly the most aggressive in shoving Nwanguma.

The suit says one of the men who assaulted Nwanguma is a member group that has been called a “white nationalist.”

Matthew Heimbach was one of the most visible offenders seen on video assaulting Nwanguma. He is a white supremacist who was fired earlier this year from the Indiana Department of Child Services when they learned of his pattern of racist and bigoted rhetoric.

NBC reports:

Brosseau claims in the suit that he was punched by a member of that group, and Shah said she was shoved. Police reports were made but there have been no charges, according to the suit.

The lawsuit alleges that the hotel magnate incited physical violence against the three protesters by repeating “get ’em out of here” and that he should have known the attendees at his event could act on his remarks.

The suit continues, citing previous statements Trump has made about paying the legal bills of supporters or suggesting a demonstrator deserved to be “roughed up.”

After that rally,Joseph Pryor publicly bragged about his role in harassing and assaulting Nwanguma and that didn’t work out well for him.

The United States Marine Corps took action and discharged Joseph Pryor, who was  listed as a “future Marine” on his Facebook page, stating that he had enlisted in 2015, but was currently in their delayed entry program.

A dollar amount is not mentioned in the suit.

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