Man countersues Trump, says he urged Ky. protesters' removal

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Louisville Ky. AP

A white supremacist accused of assaulting a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville past year has filed a lawsuit against the president, arguing he "relied on Trump's authority to order disruptive persons removed".

"Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump and/or the Trump Campaign repeatedly urged people attending Trump political rallies to remove individuals who were voicing opposition", reads Bamberger's filing, which asks that Trump be forced to pay his damages, if Bamberger is found liable. During the altercation, Trump shouted at them to "get out" and "get 'em out of here!"

A week later, when protesters interrupted Trump in Louisville, the candidate responded with commands such as: "Get them out", "Get him the hell out", but also, "Don't hurt them".

Already, a judge has concluded that there was more than enough evidence to allow the case to proceed, noting that Trump repeatedly issued inflammatory statements immediately followed by violent action in his crowds. He also agreed that Trump's speech that night "was calculated to incite violence" against the protesters.

Bamberger, a 75-year-old OH veteran, sued Trump on Friday, saying he "would not have acted as he did without" the then-candidate's "urging and inspiration".

Trump's attorneys also requested a jury trial.

The lawsuit comes after three protesters, Kashiya Nwanguma, 21, Molly Shah, 36, and Henry Brousseau, 17, sued Trump, Bamberger and a third man, the white nationalist Matthew Heimbach.

But Trump's attorneys argued in a response to the suit that while he said "Get them out of here", he was not directing his comments to the crowd.

A member of a Korean war veterans association, Bamberger, 75, past year wrote a letter to a veterans' association that expressed regret for his actions at the rally.

"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.

In court documents, Trump's attorneys said their client is immune from the suit because he is President. He admitted that he "physically pushed a woman down the aisle toward the exit" in the letter, according to the lawsuit. Video of the rally, Heimbach wrote, "features yours truly helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour".

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