NAACP Files Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Over Deadly U.S. Capitol Riot

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The NAACP filed suit against former president Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2021), accusing them of breaking a 150-year-old law initially developed to target racist hate groups.  The lawsuit, filed in federal court on behalf of a Mississippi Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson, accuses Trump, Giuliani, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers alleging that by inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol, they violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan act.

The NAACP said the defendants launched a “carefully orchestrated” plan to employ threats, intimidation and harassment to stop the votes of the Electoral College in the 2020 election from being certified. Throngs of violent rioters stormed into the capitol building last month, laying siege to it, vandalizing rooms, and forcing legislators to take cover for hours. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the fracas. Congress resumed certifying the votes early the next morning, solidifying the electoral victory for Joe Biden.



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