Former Guy Served in Civil Rights Lawsuit in January 6th Insurrection
Donald Trump has been served with a civil rights lawsuit that accuses him of inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection. The suit alleges that Trump incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol with his false claims about a “stolen” election, which the complaint says amounted to a conspiracy under the 1871 “Klan Act” to interfere with civil rights by stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
Filed last month, Trump was formally served on Wednesday at his Mar-A-Lago club by Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the NAACP. “Donald Trump has to go away,” Thompson said at the time. “If he doesn’t, we will put him out of business.”
Along with Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys. and the Oath Keepers are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.
“The Defendants conspired to prevent, by force, intimidation and threats, the Plaintiff, as a Member of Congress, from discharging his official duties to approve the count of votes cast by members of the Electoral College following the presidential election,” the lawsuit alleges.
This week, @BennieGThompson joined the @NAACP to sue Donald Trump for inciting the U.S. Capitol riot. NAACP President and CEO @DerrickNAACP breaks down what they’re hoping to accomplish with the lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/F0reJlsa8n
— The Week with Joshua Johnson (@TheWeekMSNBC) February 21, 2021
It accuses the defendants of acting “in concert to incite and then carry out a riot at the Capitol” that “created grave danger of harm” to Thompson and other lawmakers.
Similar to the case laid out by Democrats in Trump’s impeachment trial last month, the suit lays out a timeline of Trump’s “concerted campaign” to retain power at any cost, from his refusal to commit to a peaceful transition before the election to his explicit endorsement of efforts to overturn the election result to his fiery rally speech on January 6th.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) February 17, 2021
Trump “solicited the support of, and endorsed the belligerent and violent actions of, organizations such as the Proud Boys that expressed support of his reelection,” the suit alleges.
Tip of the iceberg…
Today, the ‘former a-hole’ was served with a civil rights lawsuit at maralago brought by Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP. It is fitting that dT was awol, so a dude named ‘Ricky’ signed for it, according to a court document. pic.twitter.com/qJKWwZaU58
— Eliza Todd (@Smilynntodd) March 3, 2021
It’s unclear who will represent Trump, the Proud Boys, and the Oath Keepers in the suit, but court records show that Austin, Texas-based attorney Joseph D. Sibley IV accepted service of the suit on behalf of Giuliani.