At the rally, Trump repeatedly said “get ’em out of here” before, according to the protesters, they were shoved and punched by his supporters. Trump’s attorneys sought to have the case dismissed on free speech grounds, arguing that he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force. But Hale noted that speech inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment and ruled that there is plenty of evidence that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s words.
“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”
Trump and his team will undoubtedly dismiss this latest example as yet another activist judge who is out to get him. But yet again, they are forced into the position of saying that Trump’s words shouldn’t be taken at face value — that he didn’t mean what he actually, literally said.
I’ve argued before that this is a completely unworkable standard when it comes to the media’s coverage of Trump. It allows Trump team members to retroactively downgrade whatever they want to, while leaving the good stuff intact — essentially a Get Out of Jail Free card they can redeem anytime they want to.
But while Trump’s supporters have certainly bought into that arrangement, the courts have yet again proved unwilling to grant the president that Get Out of Jail Free card.
Jesus, what a bullsh!t article that is! LOL!
Trump has said some mind blowing things, I’ll admit that. But not every word that comes out of his mouth is as horrible, negative, and damaging as these people think they are! Seriously, these people are so sensitive I can’t figure out how they survive day to day life. They must need a lot of baby powder and lube.
“Get ’em out of here” is inciting violence?! Are you serious?! Telling his security detail to remove disruptive protesters is inciting violence? There isn’t enough play dough and coloring books on Earth to take care of these people.