A white supremacist accused of assaulting a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville a year ago has filed a lawsuit against the president, arguing he "relied on Trump's authority to order disruptive persons removed".
Alvin Bamberger was recorded in a video last March pushing a woman, Kashiya Nwanguma, at a pro-Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky.
"If Bamberger is adjudged liable to Nwanguma for his actions, Trump and/or the Trump campaign should be adjudged liable to Bamberger in an equal sum, because Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did", read the lawsuit.
These attorneys also made a claim against Trump saying that throughout the election process Trump repeatedly urged supporters to throw out protesters and even hinted that he would pay the legal fees of those who did and found themselves in trouble.
"To the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to - and inspired by - Trump and/or Trump campaign's urging to remove the protesters".
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Bamberger acknowledged he "touched" a woman but denied assaulting anyone. He argues in the cross claim that the woman was not injured by his actions.
Bamberger, Heimbach and a third man, Joseph Pryor, were charged last summer with misdemeanor harassment by Louisville police.
Trump's team responded Friday to the protesters' federal lawsuit, saying he's immune as president from such suits. The plaintiffs said Trump's supporters were acting at his direction.
The filing Friday from Trump's attorneys, an "answer" to the original lawsuit, is a required step in civil litigation proceedings.
The filing argues that the protesters are "responsible for their own injuries" because they bought tickets to the rally, according to the New York Daily News.
Trump's lawyers, however, have also maintained that then-candidate Trump was not directing the remark at his supporters and that his statement is protected by the First Amendment.
And they said Trump told security, "Don't hurt them". The lawsuit alleges Nwanguma was called racist and sexist slurs and repeatedly assaulted. The charge is a misdemeanor. However all three men live out of state and misdemeanor charges don't allow for them to be extradited.