Bronx Supreme Court Justice Fernando Tapia refused to dismiss a lawsuit on Tuesday that was filed by protesters who claim they were roughed up by the president’s security team in 2015.
Trump’s legal team attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed while the New York State judge offered a stern warning for what could materialize during a potential trial.
Tapia said President Trump “authorized and condoned” his security guards to rough up the protesters. In his refusal to dismiss, the judge pointed to Trump’s own comment in which the POTUS said “maybe they deserved to be roughed up” on the grounds that “it was absolutely disgusting” that protesters were speaking out against him.
The New York State lawsuit was filed by five Latino activists who claim that they roughed up by Trump’s personal bodyguard Keith Schiller and two other men who were temporarily employed for the event.
Trump’s rhetoric towards protesters has certainly pointed toward violent suggestions.
The case will now likely move forward with the plaintiffs providing their own accounts of what happened at the event.
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