White nationalist: Trump made me attack black woman at campaign rally

Donald Trump’s campaign rallies were, at best, hostile to people of color. At worst, they were dangerous, like the time a Trump supporter punched a black man in North Carolina, or the time Trump supporters jumped a black man in Alabama, or the time a Trump supporter shoved a black woman out of a rally in Kentucky. In March, victims of this violence sued Trump, claiming the president incited attacks in Louisville by urging the crowd, “Get ’em out of here.” According to a new federal court filing, Matthew Warren Heimbach, the white nationalist who forcibly removed protestors from the Louisville rally, named in the lawsuit as a defendant, agrees.

“[Heimbach] acted pursuant to the directives and requests of Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President Inc.,” the filing claims. “Any liability must be shifted to one or both of them.” Heimbach, a leader of white supremacist group Traditionalist Youth Network, also writes he acted in self-defense, in defense of others, and in defense of the crowd’s constitutional right to free speech and assembly. So really, dude is grasping at any way to avoid responsibility, even if he throws his beloved leader under the bus. I believe the legal term is “cuck.”

Heimbach’s claim echoes a similar claim by co-defendant Alvin Bamberger, who also said he was taking orders from Trump. The papaya-in-chief’s lawyers previously said the orders to remove disrupters were directed at security, an argument rejected by a Louisville district court judge. On Friday, Trump submitted a new defense, claiming that presidents are immune from civil lawsuits, which I’m sure Donald wishes were true, but is not. Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, the Louisville plaintiffs, seek compensatory and punitive damages.

[screenshot: WLKY]