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NAACP files lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani, Proud Boys for launching Capitol riot

The NAACP and a House Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and two extremist teams for their alleged roles within the riot on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The criticism argues that Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuiliani, in addition to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers extremist teams, violated the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era statute designed to guard previously enslaved African Americans and lawmakers from white supremacist violence. The go well with was introduced by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and the NAACP.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleges that Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani conspired to incite the riot to maintain Congress from certifying the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. The criticism additionally targets the extremist teams the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.

“The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College,” the NAACP mentioned. “They succeeded in their plan.”

The go well with comes two days after the Senate acquitted Mr. Trump in his second impeachment trial on a cost of inciting the riot. Mr. Trump’s attorneys mentioned the previous president didn’t incite the Jan. 6 at-tack on the Capitol and that he needed his followers to show peacefully after he spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington. They argued that extremist teams pre-planned the at-tack on the Capitol.

Mr. Thompson mentioned Jan. 6 was “one of the most shameful days in our country’s history, and it was instigated by the president himself.”

“His gleeful support of violent white supremacists led to a breach of the Capitol that put my life, and that of my colleagues, in grave danger,” Mr. Thompson mentioned. “It is by the slimmest of luck that the outcome was not deadlier. While the majority of Republicans in the Senate abdicated their responsibility to hold the president accountable, we must hold him accountable for the insurrection that he so blatantly planned. Failure to do so will only invite this type of authoritarianism for the anti-democratic forces on the far right that are so intent on destroying our country.”

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson mentioned Mr. Trump “needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.”

“The insurrection was the culmination of a carefully orchestrated, months-long plan to destroy democracy, to block the results of a fair and democratic election, and to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of African-American voters who cast valid ballots,” he mentioned. 
The criticism claims that within the months main as much as the revolt, Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani “mobilized and prepared supporters for an at-tack.”

It cites tweets from Mr. Trump warning that if President Biden’s win in Georgia weren’t overturned, the scenario would “escalate dramatically” and that the nation was going through “a very dangerous moment.”

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