Ten Democratic congressmen have joined the NAACP’s trial against earlier President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp creates tool to help support Asian companies Iran spy-linked ship attack at sea Biden exceeds expectations for vaccines – so far MOREand claimed that he encouraged a mob to attack the Capitol on January 6th.
The group of legislators involved in the case includes the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler (NY), a house prosecutor in Trump’s first indictment as well as a progressive rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalGosar’s siblings scare criticism over Capitol uprising Jayapal: Republicans are not actually interested in double party ‘Biden risks first big fight with progressive MORE (Wash.) And three former chairs for the Congressional Black Caucus, Reps in California. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeWhite House Delays Release of Budget Plan House Panel Promotes Bill to Repeal War Permit of 2002 Democrats Ask Biden to Reverse Employee Policy on Past Marijuana Use MORE, Karen BassKaren Ruth BassSix Women Who Could Become California’s Next Senator Democrats Save on COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy George Floyd Bill Gives Justice to Black America MORE and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore Waters Congress must help find a quicker solution to pay 10 million overdue rents Biden faces decision time on moratorium postponement In defense of misunderstood short seller MORE.
Trump on January 6 “trampled on our democracy and encouraged a violent mob of white supremacy to overthrow a free and fair election,” Lee said in a statement.
Nadler added: “This violence was anything but spontaneous; it was the direct result of a conspiracy to incite an uprising, spurred on by President Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, the proud boys and guardians of the oath. ”
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Trump’s close ally, and both right-wing extremist groups are also listed in the complaint as being to blame for the Capitol violence. Both the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys face accusations of white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
The House Democrats joined their colleague Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonAmbitious House lawmakers look for promotions Lawmakers roll out bill to protect critical infrastructure after Florida water hack The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Increased security on Capitol Hill in the middle of QAnon’s date from March 4 MORE (D-Miss.), Which was part of the trial when it was first filed.
The revised complaint was filed at the Federal District Court in Washington, DC, by the NAACP and the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.
January 6 “was the culmination of a carefully organized coup spurred by Donald Trump that endangered members of Congress and the integrity of our democracy,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement.
In an interview with The Hill when the suit was first announced, Johnson described Trump’s actions as “treacherous.”
“For African Americans, we see a long history of people not being held accountable … and if we do not hold people accountable, there will be this right that it is OK to cause harm and break the law,” Johnson said at the time.
The trial says Trump violated federal statutes tied to what is commonly called the Ku Klux Klan Act.
The bill was passed in 1871 during the Reconstruction and was the third law in a series of measures created by Congress to curb violence against and intimidation of black Americans into the hands of the white hate group after the Civil War.
While much of the law has since become obsolete, several parts have been codified as a law, including 42 USC 1985 (1) – the provision listed in the lawsuit.
The provision specifically protects against conspiracies that meant “preventing, by force, intimidation or threat, any person from accepting or occupying a position.”
White extremist and hate group activities peaked during the Trump presidency, a worrying trend that the NAACP and other civil rights organizations have consistently warned against.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which does a lot of research into and tracks extremist hate groups, experienced “historically high numbers of hate groups” in the first three years of Trump’s presidency.
“Trump, of course, serves as a partial explanation,” the civil rights group recently noted in its annual report, “Years of Hatred and Extremism.”
“He undoubtedly encouraged the far right and most importantly created increased expectations.”
Now a private citizen, Trump faces several legal challenges in addition to the newly filed case.