NAACP Sues Trump and Giuliani, Citing White Supremacist Conspiracy
On Tuesday morning, the NAACP, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi), and the civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and two White supremacist groups over their roles in the January 6 coup attempt at the U.S. capitol.
As Politico reports, the suit alleges that Trump and Giuliani conspired, in tandem with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, to incite the January 6 mob to keep Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. The suit states that the alleged conspiracy happened in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, described by Politico as “a Reconstruction-era statute designed to protect both formerly enslaved African Americans and lawmakers in Congress from White supremacist violence.”
“If we don’t put a check on the spread of domestic terrorism, it will consume this nation and transform it to something that none of us recognize,” NAACP president Derrick Johnson said in an interview reported by Politico. “We must, as a nation, prevent the spread of this type of boldness where [insurrectionists] will go to our U.S. Capitol and seek an act of treason.”
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