Trump Supporter Says Trump Campaign ‘Urged’ Him to Assault Woman at Rally

A man accused of assaulting a protester at a Trump rally “would not have acted as he did without Trump and/or Trump campaign’s specific urging and inspiration,” according to a court filing.

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A Donald Trump supporter accused of assaulting a protester at a rally acted “in response to — and inspired by — Trump and/or the Trump Campaign’s urging to remove the protesters,” according to a Friday court filing.

Alvin Bamberger, 75, was named as a defendant on a lawsuit filed by Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau, who all attended a Louisville, Ky., Trump rally in 2016 to protest against then-candidate Trump. Video footage of the rally shows Nwanguma being shoved repeatedly by Bamberger.

Bamberger admits to touching the woman but denies he assaulted her. And, according to Bamberger, any action he took was the will of Trump and his campaign.

“Bamberger had no prior intention to act as he did,” the filing reads. “Bamberger would not have acted as he did without Trump and/or the Trump Campaign’s specific urging and inspiration.”

U.S. District Judge David Hale rejected the idea that Bamberger and white nationalist Matthew Heimbach (who Bamberger says he does not have any ties to) were agents of Trump or the Trump campaign. However, he said it remains plausible that the president may have incited a riot.

“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote in an opinion last month. “It was an order, an instruction, a command.”

Bamberger’s counsel states in the filing that if Bamberger is found guilty of the charges, “Bamberger should obtain a judgment on his cross-claim, in an equal sum, against Trump and/or the Trump Campaign.” The filing calls for Bamberger’s litigation costs to be relieved, as well as an unspecified amount of “other relief to which he may be entitled.”

While on the campaign trail, Trump told his supporters to “knock the crap out of” his protesters, promising to “pay for the legal fees” — a suggestion also noted in Bamberger’s filing.

Meanwhile, also on Friday, Trump’s legal counsel responded to nearly all of the claims against the president and his campaign by saying they “lack sufficient information to respond to the allegations … and therefore deny them.”

“The Trump Defendants admit Mr. Trump said the words ‘Get them out of here,’” the filing reads. But, “The Trump Defendants deny Mr. Trump’s statement was directed at the crowd.”

Among Trump’s 15 defenses, his counsel claims, “Plaintiffs are responsible for their own injuries.” Also included as a defense, though, is a claim that they “suffered no actual injury.”

Another defense suggests Trump is immune from the charge “because he is President of the United States.”

“Plaintiffs’ claims are barred by their unclean hands,” the defenses conclude.

Trump called for violence against his protesters several times while on the campaign trail. In November 2015 after a Black Lives Matter protester was removed from an Alabama rally, Trump said in an interview regarding the incident, “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

At a Las Vegas rally Trump said of one of his protesters, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

And when a protester interrupted the then-candidate at a Michigan rally Trump said, “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”

He then went on to talk about how a fight between protesters and rally-goers in New Hampshire was “really amazing to watch.”

Trump told his audience he was tired of “political correctness” when it comes to handling frequent protests at his campaign events.

After the incident at the Kentucky rally, Nwanguma recounted the events that took place in an interview.

“I was called a ni**er and a [derogatory word toward women],” Nwanguma said. “I got escorted out by the police … the people at the rally were pushing and shoving at me, cursing and yelling at me. They called me every name in the book. They are disgusting and dangerous.”

A Reuters/Ipsos poll from June found that nearly half of Trump supporters are likely to describe African Americans as “violent” and more “criminal” than whites.

Nearly half of Trump supporters are likely to describe Blacks as “violent” and more “criminal” than whites, and 40 percent of Trump supporters described Blacks as more “lazy” than whites.

Diversity is also less important to Trump supporters. When asked about where they wanted to live, 36 percent of his supporters said, “I prefer to live in a community with people who come from diverse cultures.” The figures for supporters of former candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich were 46 percent and 55 percent, respectively.

Further, 31 percent of Trump supporters said they “strongly agree” that “social policies, such as affirmative action, discriminate unfairly against white people.”

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16 comments


  • Karl Strandberg

    Misogyny and racism reign supreme in the Trump Administration; behavior which is modeled by our president.

    • Sorry, but you seem to be misinformed.
      At no time did President Trump suggest that senile old men in the
      crowd should assault females who support “Sniper Fire Hilary, the Honest”.
      The poor old guy just needs help.

      • Yeah, and the guy wearing the funny hat and red cape in the bullring doesn’t mean to get the bull angry. The bull just needs some help.

        Don’t you need to run out to Comp USA and buy a larger hard drive for your Compaq computer to keep track of Trump’s broken promises?

  • I attended one of President Trump’s rally in St Louis. On the back of the pass read what one could do and not do. Other words simple instructions. If you violate the rules time to leave.

  • Trump’s offers to those assaulting protesters: to defend them in court and to pay their legal fees. Bamberger accepted Trump’s offers. Now, as is his habit, Trump is attempting to avoid paying off on the resulting contract. Sad!

    • That’s because DT is a bully and a punk. He’s a pathetic excuse for a human being with no moral compass. He thrives on chaos, is self-important is a liar and lacks the intelligence it takes to govern a nation.

  • The comment by Trump, “…in the good old days … we would have been able to…” is a dangerous thing. It immediately brings to mind images of mob violence against Black people. They need to be reminded that generation bore that madness so this one would not have to. We are not our grandparents. We know we have rights, we know we are Americans and we are not afraid to exercise those rights including in the courts even if our claims are denied.

  • So many wrongs, so much stupidity. I can’t figure out the bigger idiots – trump or his supporters who believe anything he says.

    Commonsense (yeah, remember that?) should tell you, you don’t violate your own ethics or standards to assault another human – unless you want an excuse. And of course you’re stupid if you believe(d) trump would pay your legal fees, when you should have been appalled that someone “aspiring” (not sure trump aspires to anything other than to rip people off for money) to be president of the United States was urging you to break the laws.

    He should go down for being stupid and violent. Unfortunately, stupid can’t be legislated, but being violent against another human can.

    trump, there’s no salvaging him. What new pretzel twist do trump supporters contort themselves to support trump and this idiot? Do they turn on the idiot – the 75 year old one or the other idiot, the 70 year old one?

    Okay, I can’t believe I could write that last sentence.

  • A 75-year old idiot who is too old to piss off himself, but can still throw a race-laced punch at a Black woman! Old racists never die, they just get stupid[er]. I’ve heard church people say: “The devil made me do it!” This old fool is saying the same thing except his devil is orange, not red! Like Hitler, who had such demonic power to sway thuggish racists to beat up everyone who wasn’t considered Aryan, tRump exercises the same demonic control in white racists.

    I could never go to a tRump rally because if that old codger hillbilly hit me, I would make him lose the one tooth he had left. tRump paying legal fees for assaults? Sell these [white] idiots the Brooklyn Bridge and stock in LousyAnna (aka Louisiana) swampland.

  • He shouldn’t have hit or pushed her. No excuse.

    The Anti-Trump protesters (UC Berkeley) were MUCH more violent over the weekend than this old codger was. Also no excuse, but with serious potential for physical harm.

    Free speech should be protected vigorously from attacks by either end of the political spectrum.

    • Both sides were looking for trouble–and both were guilty for starting that riot. However, it seems that, on the anti-trumpf side, there was a group of anarchists who wanted to start something more than the actual protestors did. I attended an anti-trumpf protest in the Detroit area, and the anti-trumpf protestors actually outnumbered the pro-trumpf protestors–I was glad to see that. Even though a pro-trumpf protestor came right into our midst shouting slogans or whatever, and probably hoping to start a fight with us, people just chanted her right back across the street where she came from with her cohorts. That was real fun,lol! But, yeah, that idiot has a nerve blaming trumpf for trying to assault that woman. Nobody made him do what he did—he better own up to having done this on his own,regardless of who told him to do anything.

      • he MARGARET OPINE

        HE DID ASSAULT THAT WOMAN. PUTTING HIS HANDS ON HER IS AN ASSAULT.
        THE WAY YOU TALK YOU SOUND LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO SAY, “TRUMP WON THE ELECTION.” WE STILL DON’T KNOW TO THIS DAY IF THAT IS TRUE. TRUMP WAS SWORN IN BUT HE DIDN’T WIN. (AND ALL THAT STUFF WAS PREDICTABLE. WE WILL SEE IT HAPPEN AGAIN IN 2020. NOT NECESSARILY DONALD TRUMP ELECTED BUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL WIN NO MATTER WHOSE RUNNING.) THE RICH PEOPLE HAVE TO SET LAWS IN TO GET RICHER. OBAMA TRIED TO CORAL SOME OF THOSE LAWS BUT THE REPUBLICANS WILL UNHINGE HIS WORK.

  • Trump said quite definitively that he would pay legal fees if anyone was sued. Oh but wait, it’s a ‘lawsuit’ and we all know how Trump feels about lawsuits and paying on those :). This man will not see a penny from Trump lol. The old adage is true, you apparently can’t teach a new dog new tricks. Trump hasn’t historically paid out on anything unless he was made to do so. When Trump made the statement about paying for lawsuits it was one of those ‘alternative’ facts he loves so much.

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