Trump argues in DC District Court that his bully pulpit message to his supporters on the political rally on January 6 — encouraging them to oppose Congress certifying the vote — was a constitutionally protected act of the presidency.
In what’s grow to be a typical rhetorical protection from Trump, his lawyer additionally throws barbs at his political rivals, making an attempt to equate the ex-President with Democrats.
The submitting defends Trump’s effort to query the election outcomes after states had licensed their votes, evaluating his push of unfounded fraud allegations to Stacey Abrams suing after her Georgia gubernatorial race.
His lawyer additionally means that if Trump have been held answerable for the riot, Swalwell and Democrats may very well be held answerable for the taking pictures of House member Steve Scalise at a baseball apply in 2017, or for a neighbor who attacked Sen. Rand Paul, in response to the submitting.
“If similar lawsuits were brought based upon those incidents against Mr. Swalwell and his colleagues, they would inevitably be making the same arguments, and rightfully so. As a matter of law, political speakers do not owe a legally enforceable duty of care to their adversaries or others who might find themselves in the path of impassioned supporters,” Trump’s lawyer wrote in court docket.