The NAACP, alongside Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson, filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, among others, on Tuesday.
Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson has joined The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a lawsuit against former President Trump, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as the groups the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
The civil complaint, filed Tuesday, alleges Trump acted in violation of a “Reconstruction Era” law commonly referred to as the Civil Rights Act of 1871, or the “Ku Klux Klan Act.” The Ku Klux Klan Act was one of several steps taken to protect black citizens from the white supremacist organization. The suit specifically refers to statute 42 U. S. Code § 1985, “conspiracy to interfere with civil rights.”
“You cannot move forward if you don’t address the illegality of what took place, the treasonous act,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told The Hill in a statement regarding the suit, continuing:
If you try to move forward without holding people accountable, you only set yourself up [for] future activity that could possibly be successful in toppling our democracy. For African Americans, we see a long history of people not being held accountable … and if we don’t hold people accountable, there becomes this entitlement that it’s OK to cause harm and violate the law.
Johnson linked the January 6 riot to white supremacy, stressing that the country could not endure a world in which such beliefs become normalized. “We also must recognize that if we allow these groups to become mainstream they won’t be extremists anymore, but part of our reality,” he said. “That’s not a reality that this coun… (Read more)