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Trump Lawyers: Protesters Have No First Amendment Rights at Campaign Rallies

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Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 10:54 PM

Three Louisville, Ky., protesters had "no right" to "express dissenting views" at a Donald Trump campaign rally last year, the president's lawyers argued Thursday.

"Of course, protesters have their own First Amendment right to express dissenting views," the lawyers wrote in the filing.

"But they have no right to do so as part of the campaign rally of the political candidates they oppose."

The court filing comes in the case of the protesters, who have charged they were roughed up and tossed out of a March 2016 Trump rally by supporters who were whipped up by Trump's call to "get 'em out of here!" Politico reported.

Though Trump's campaign lawyers have argued those calls to eject the protesters are protected by the First Amendment, a federal district court judge hearing the case questioned the point – as well as the lawyers' claim that Trump didn't intend for his supporters to use force, Politico reported.

The ruling cleared the case to proceed to trial.

In the Thursday filing, Trump's lawyers also asked the judge to pause the case to give them a chance to ask an appeals court to reconsider whether Trump’s call to boot the protesters was protected speech.

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