The actor has a surprising history with the original KFC founder.
President Donald Trump was not inciting violence when he urged his supporters to eject protesters from a campaign rally, and those demonstrators had no First Amendment right to protest at his rally in the first place, Trump’s lawyers argued in a court motion Thursday.
“Mr. Trump was not ‘inciting a riot’ but was rather exercising a core First Amendment freedom when he said ‘[G]et ‘em out of here’ and ‘Don’t hurt ‘em,’” Trump’s lawyers argued in a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit by three protesters.
The protesters sued Trump and some of his supporters, claiming Trump should be held responsible for inciting a riot and engaging in negligent speech when he urged supporters to eject the three protesters from a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky. The protesters claim in their lawsuit called that they were injured by violent Trump supporters who were acting on Trump’s orders.
“Of course, protesters have their own First Amendment right to express dissenting views,” Trump’s lawyers wrote, “but they have no right to do so as part of the campaign rally of the political candidates they oppose.”
Trump argued that his campaign rally was like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston and the protesters are like the gay activists who were banned from marching in the parade — because both are organized by non-government groups with the right to choose who attends.
“Accordingly, when a campaign has decided to exclude a message it does not like from a campaign rally, that is enough to invoke the campaign’s right as a private speaker to shape its expression by excluding or expelling demonstrators who express contrary views,” the president’s lawyers said. Trump’s legal team cited a 1995 Supreme Court decision unanimously upholding the right of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to exclude gay marchers.
Trump’s lawyers argued that the candidate had “every right” to call for the ejection of the protesters since they “obviously interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right” by “vigorously expressing their disdain for Mr. Trump” with several anti-Trump messages, including “a sign depicting Trump’s face on the body of a pig.”
The federal district judge presiding over the lawsuit has already rejected Trump’s motion to dismiss. The judge ruled on March 31 that at this early stage of the case, Trump cannot win dismissal based on a claim of absolute immunity under the First Amendment.
The judge also ruled that the protesters were not trespassers and had a right to attend the rally because they had obtained tickets and were permitted to enter by organizers.
Trump, who is being represented by private lawyers, asked the judge to delay the case and allow Trump to ask an appellate court to review Trump’s argument that he’s absolutely protected from the lawsuit under the First Amendment.
Trump argues that he was urging security guards, not the crowd, to eject the protesters, and that because he added, “Don’t hurt ‘em,” he was not inciting violence.
The House Intelligence Committee announced Friday it is re-scheduling its previously scrubbed public hearing at which members of Obama’s administration had been set to talk about Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Expect TV news networks to be glued to that hearing for the duration; a date was not announced.
Late last month, Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes abruptly canceled that public hearing, at which Obama administration’s Director of National…
An April 24 screening was canceled so Poitras could update her doc, following a statement from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that prosecuting Assange is a “priority.”
Apparently Rob Lowe’s plate hasn’t been quite full enough lately, because he’s just plopped a piping-hot load of KFC onto it.
“West Wing” alum Lowe made his debut as KFC’s latest Colonel Sanders on Friday, donning the white wig and mustache to plug the fast-food chain’s Zinger sandwich.
In the ad, Lowe gets in a few zingers himself, striking a very presidential pose at a podium and promising to “push KFC’s spicy chicken to new heights” — literally, by launching it into space.
Watch Lowe take a crack at Sanders in the video:
Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough and Daniel Craig star in the new caper.
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to rip the “ridiculous standard” of the first 100 days in office, writing, “media will kill” despite his accomplishments.
While 100 days is a small portion of a four-year term, many historians, cable news programs, political watchdogs — and Trump himself as a candidate — cite the first 100 days of a presidency as a significant benchmark.
Fox News even airs a temporary program titled, “The First 100 Days” following the beginning of the Trump presidency.
No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
As Trump’s first 100 days wind down, he’s presumably countering the dozens of stories that will be written to analyze his progress. Earlier this week, the Washington Post offered an unflattering look at his first 90 days in office — based on goals that he had stated for that period in an interview with the paper last fall.
Trump did come through with at least one campaign promise: the appointment of conservative judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court (presumably the “S.C.” in his tweet). In addition, he has signed multiple executive orders intended to roll back policies of the Obama administration.
But his ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries is caught in legal limbo and legislative attempts to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act or initiate tax reform have floundered.
Trump regularly attacks the media, often referring to the New York Times as “failing,” CNN as “fake news” and the entire industry as the “opposition party.” However, saying the “media will kill” appears to be a new piece of rhetoric for the president.