Man accused of assaulting woman at election rally says Trump inspired him

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

According to his lawyers, a man who assaulted a black woman at a Trump rally a year ago did so at the urging of Donald Trump.

"Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States", the attorneys wrote in a federal court filing in response to a lawsuit brought by three protesters, Politico reported.

Trump's team also denies that he was urging the crowd to take action against the protesters when he repeatedly said "get them out of here".

Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Trump supporter who was captured on video pushing Nwanguma, filed a suit Friday against Trump.

Local news station WDRB in Louisville reported that the man 75-year-old Alvin Bamberger, of OH, filed his counterclaim Friday where he argues that Trump and his campaign "repeatedly urged people attending" the then-candidate's rallies to "remove individuals who were voicing opposition to Trumps candidacy".

A man who is being sued over an altercation at an election rally is now coming after President Trump.

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Heimbach, who is representing himself, said in court papers that "Trump is a world famous businessman, worth, according to his own claims, billions of dollars, and who relies on various professionals including attorneys and other professional advisers".

That was the rally in which Bamberger and a man named Matthew Heimbach pushed Nwanguma back and forth.

Trump's lawyers, however, have also maintained that then-candidate Trump was not directing the remark at his supporters and that his statement is protected by the First Amendment.

But after Federal Judge David Hale said it's plausible the would-be President incited a riot, he allowed the suit to proceed. He "had no prior intention to act as he did".

"If Bamberger is adjudged liable to Nwanguma for his actions, Trump and/or the Trump campaign should be adjudged liable to Bamberger in an equal sum, because Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did", read the lawsuit.

"That is extremely significant", said Greg Belzley, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told The Washington Post. The judge also noted that the Supreme Court has ruled out constitutional protections for speech that incites violence. "It is fairly unusual to have a person who is engaged in violent misconduct ... actually point the finger at the person and identify the person who caused him to do what he did".

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