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    Trump lawyer: Protesters violated campaign's First Amendment right
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    President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Thursday argued that anti-Trump protesters infringed on his First Amendment right by expressing "dissenting views" at his campaign rallies.

    According to a report by Politico, Trump's lawyers are asking a judge to halt an ongoing lawsuit against the president by maintaining that protesters "have no right" to voice opposing views during rallies.

    Three protesters who were ejected from a March 2016 Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Ky., have sued, claiming that they were roughed up after Trump incited violence by shouting “get 'em out of here!” from the stage.

    Trump’s lawyers, however, argued that the then-GOP nominee also specifically said “Don’t hurt ‘em.”

    The president's legal team also maintained that Trump had every right to call for the removal of the protesters since they "interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right.”

    “Of course, protesters 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,” they said.

    “Even if Mr. Trump implicitly instructed the audience to remove the protesters by using force if necessary, his speech was still entirely lawful and protected under the First Amendment unless he advocated a greater degree of force than was necessary under the circumstances," Trump's lawyers argued.
    "Absent that type of unlawful advocacy, Mr. Trump cannot be held liable for incitement. It makes no difference whether the crowd reacted with unlawful violence beyond what Mr. Trump advocated.”

    Barack Obama appointee U.S. District Court Judge David Hale last month ruled that the lawsuit could proceed over objections from Trump's lawyers. Trump's legal team is now asking him to halt proceedings while they appeal that ruling to a higher court.

    Do we as a nation really want this to be the norm?
    "Any jackass can kick down a barn," former U.S. Houston Speaker Sam Rayburn once said with his famous Texas bluntness, "but it takes a good carpenter to build one."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste View Post

    Do we as a nation really want this to be the norm?
    I would argue the Left wants a nation where they have a monopoly on political violence. See Berkeley and Middlebury and Berekely again as recent examples.

    I also seem to recall President Obama saying things like:

    "get in their faces"...
    "“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun..."

    and the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) applauded how "honest' and 'brave" Obama was.....

    “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” - Ronald Reagan
    "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan (1964)

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