Details: The lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the NAACP and civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll — accuses Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys, and the Oath Keepers of conspiring to incite a riot at the Capitol with the goal of preventing Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.
- The lawsuit alleges that Trump, Giuliani and the far-right groups directly violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by trying to prevent Congress from carrying out its official duties.
- The insurrection forced members of Congress to hide under desks and in secure rooms as rioters damaged the building and shouted violent threats.
- The NAACP said U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) intend to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs in the coming weeks.
So what’s the NAACP got to do with it?
What they’re saying: “The insurrection and coup attempt was really motivated by white supremacist behavior and domestic terrorists. The NAACP thinks it’s important for us to pursue a course of action on behalf of members of Congress,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told Axios.
- “The attempt was to prevent the certification of the election and invalidate African American votes.”
- “We must hold (Trump) 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,” Thompson said in a statement.
Now how can they prove that?