James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby’s Lawsuit Against Donald Trump



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As before, members of far right-wing hate groups appeared at the second “Million

MAGA March,” and Trump followers clashed with D.C. police, at least eight of whom

were injured. Four people were stabbed. The police made over thirty arrests including ten

arrests for assault on a police officer, eleven arrests for simple assault, one arrest for

assault with a deadly weapon, and two arrests for possession of a prohibited weapon.


Officials warned Trump that his incendiary rhetoric about the election could cause injury

or death, but he persisted. On December 1, 2020, as Trump placed increasing pressure on

Georgia election officials to overturn the state’s results which favored Joe Biden, one

official, Gabriel Sterling, gave a press conference in which he reported on death threats

made to Georgia election workers, and addressed Trump, saying, “Mr. President, you

have not condemned these actions. … This has to stop. … Stop inspiring people to

commit potential acts of violence. Someone is going to get shot, someone is going to get

killed. And it’s not right.” Despite this, Trump never condemned the threats made against

Georgia election officials, and four days before the January 6 insurrection, he implored

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during a phone call to throw out enough

lawfully cast votes to swing the election in his favor.


As his efforts with state officials and in the courts failed, Trump began to focus on

January 6, 2021, the date Congress was set to count the state-certified election results. On

December 19, 2020, Trump began promoting a January 6 rally to his followers:



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