President Donald Trump has never had a great response to the people who protest at his rallies. Whether it’s claiming they’re simply being paid to protest or insisting they simply have sour grapes about the election, the president has long seemed either unwilling or unable to grasp the fact that people will take to the streets to protest his words and actions — and that they have a constitutional right to do so.
Now Trump’s hostility to protesters is taking the form of a legal argument, thanks to the latest development in a lawsuit against Trump by three protesters who allege that he incited one of his crowds into violence against them.
“Of course, protestors 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,” argued Trump’s legal team in a court filing on Thursday.
The lawyers went a step further, saying that the protesters “obviously interfered” with Donald Trump’s First Amendment right to “choose the contents of his own message” by “vigorously expressing their disdain for Mr. Trump.”
Trump’s lawyers say the Republican was was “exercising a core First Amendment freedom” when he encouraged audience members to physically evict the protesters from his campaign rally. Although Trump urged audience members to “get ’em out of here,” he also said “don’t hurt ’em,” which they argue proves that he did not intend to cause physical harm to befall the protesters.
The filing asks the judge to pause the proceedings so they can…
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