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White House Declines To Comment On Petition Calling For Donald Trump’s Arrest

 

White House Declines To Comment On Petition Calling For Donald Trump’s Arrest

The petition was titled “Arrest and prosecute Donald J. Trump for incitement to violence” and was accompanied by a brief explanation, which reads:

Donald J. Trump has been inciting violent acts amongst his supporters. He should be arrested and prosecuted for this. Legal precedent: Brandenburg v. Ohio. To wit, the Court held that government cannot punish inflammatory speech.

UNLESS that speech is directed to inciting, and is likely to incite, imminent lawless action.

Clearly, he is doing exactly that.

The petition was submitted through the White House’s “We the People” program, which invites citizens to submit petitions that call for the federal government “to take action on a range of issues — to address a problem, support or oppose a proposal, or otherwise change or continue federal government policy or actions.”

Since the petition quickly hit its goal of 100,000 signatures, the White House was obliged to respond — which it did by offering a no-comment comment: “We decline to comment on the specific request raised in the petition, which falls outside the scope of the We the People Terms of Participation.”

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The basis for the White House’s non-answer is presumably this clause in the “We the People” Terms of Participation that nixes “petitions that expressly urge the support or opposition of candidates for elected office.”

As precedent, the petition had cited “Brandenburg v. Ohio,” a case in which the court found that the government cannot punish “inflammatory speech” unless that speech “is directed to inciting, and is likely to incite, imminent lawless action.”

Indeed it’s been well-documented that Trump eggs on, or in other words, incites his supporters at rallies and that those supporters then go on to assault protesters,  punch protesters in the face, and grope and pepper-spray minors, along with the garden variety skirmishes that have become ritual at every Trump event, including the dragging of people out of the room while Trump mocks them and so forth.

Trump’s own campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battering a journalist, and a member of Trump’s U.S. Secret Service detail was filmed choke-slamming a reporter into the ground during a horrifying encounter.

Meanwhile, Trump insists he does not condone violence at his events.


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