Ten Democratic members of Congress have joined the NAACP’s lawsuit against former President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp Creates Tool to Help Support Asian-Owned Businesses Ship Linked to Iran’s Espionage Attacked at Sea Biden Exceeds Vaccine Expectations – So Far MORE, claiming that he incited a mob to attack the Capitol on January 6.
The group of lawmakers joining the case includes the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Jerry nadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler On The Trail: How Marijuana Got General The House Passes Bills That Provide A Path To Citizenship For Dreamers, The Farm Workers House Passes A Bill To Renew The Violence Against Farms Act Women MORE (New York), a House attorney in Trump’s first impeachment, as well as a progressive representative. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Gosar Brothers Increase Criticism Over Jayapal Capitol Riots: Republicans ‘Not Really Interested In Bipartisanship’ Biden Risks First Major Fight With Progressives MORE (Washington) and three former Presidents of the Congressional Black Caucus, California Reps. Barbara leeBarbara Jean Lee White House delays release of budget plan House panel advances bill to repeal 2002 war authorization Democrats ask Biden to reverse employee policy on past marijuana use MORE, Karen bassKaren Ruth Bass Six Women Who Could Be California’s Next Democratic Senators Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy George Floyd’s Bill Offers Justice for Blacks MORE and Maxine watersMaxine Moore WatersCongress Must Help Find Quicker Solution to Pay 10 Million Overdue Rent Biden Faces Eviction Moratorium Decision Time In Defense of Misunderstood Short Seller MORE.
Trump on January 6 “trampled on our democracy, inciting a violent mob of white supremacists to overturn 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 a riot, instigated by President Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. “
Giuliani, a former New York mayor and a close Trump ally, and both far-right groups are also listed in the complaint as guilty of the violence on Capitol Hill. Both the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys face charges of white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
House Democrats were joined by their colleague Rep. Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Ambitious House lawmakers seek promotions. Lawmakers launch bill to protect critical infrastructure after Florida water hack. (D-Miss.), Who was part of the lawsuit when it was first filed.
The revised lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, by the NAACP and the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.
January 6 “was the climax of a meticulously organized coup, incited by Donald Trump, that endangered members of Congress and the integrity of our democracy,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a speech. release.
In an interview with The Hill when the lawsuit was first announced, Johnson described Trump’s actions as “traitorous.”
“For African Americans, we see a long history of people not being held accountable … and if we don’t hold people accountable, it becomes the right that it’s okay to cause harm and break the law,” Johnson said at the time. .
The lawsuit states that Trump violated federal statutes tied to what is commonly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act.
Passed in 1871 during Reconstruction, the bill was the third in a series of measures created by Congress to curb violence and intimidation against black Americans at the hands of the white hate group after the Civil War.
While much of the law has since become outdated, several parts have been codified into statute, including 42 USC 1985 (1), the provision that is listed in the complaint.
The provision specifically protects against conspiracies designed to “prevent, by force, intimidation or threat, any person from accepting or holding office.”
Activity by white extremists and hate groups skyrocketed during the Trump presidency, a troubling trend that the NAACP and other civil rights organizations have consistently warned against.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which conducts extensive research and monitoring of extremist hate groups, saw “historically high hate group numbers” in the first three years of Trump’s presidency.
“Trump, of course, acts as a partial explanation,” the civil rights group recently noted in its annual report “Year of Hate and Extremism.”
“It certainly encouraged the far right and, more importantly, created higher expectations.”
Now a private citizen, Trump faces numerous legal challenges in addition to the just-filed lawsuit.