Former President Donald Trump sent out a statement Monday after testifying in a lawsuit related to demonstrations outside of Trump Tower in September 2015, when he was first running for president.
‘The Klu Klux Klan dressed protester case should have never been brought as the plaintiffs have no one to blame but themselves,’ Trump said. ‘Rather than protest peacefully, the plaintiffs intentionally sought to rile up a crowd by blocking the entrance to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, in the middle of the day, wearing Klu Klux Klan robes and hoods.’
A group of Mexican protestors are alleging they were assaulted outside of Trump Tower by security guards. They were protesting Trump’s comments on Latin American immigrants as he ran for president. Several demonstrators wore the white hoods of the KKK, while holding a sign that said ‘Make America Racist Again.’
Trump taped a deposition Monday inside Trump Tower.
‘After years of litigation, I was pleased to have had the opportunity to tell my side of this ridiculous story – Just one more example of baseless harassment of your favorite President,’ Trump said.
Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in New York Monday after filming a deposition for a lawsuit involving protesters outside of the Manhattan building in September 2015
‘The Klu Klux Klan dressed protester case should have never been brought as the plaintiffs have no one to blame but themselves,’ Trump said in a statement Monday after delivering his testimony
A demonstrator from Mexico stands outside of Trump Tower in New York on September 3, 2015. The protest took place after Trump made disparaging comments about Mexicans in the opening weeks of his presidential campaign
He said that prior to Monday’s testimony, the court had dismissed ‘almost all of the plaintiff’s claims – except for a baseless claim for injuries they never suffered, and the temporary loss of a worthless cardboard sign which was soon thereafter returned to them.’
The lawsuit names several defendants including Trump, his campaign and his former head of security Keith Schiller.
‘When security tried to deescalate the situation, they were unfortunately met with taunts and violence from the plaintiffs themselves,’ Trump claimed in his Monday statement.
The protesters claim in the lawsuit that Trump’s security guards assaulted them and infringed on their Freedom of Speech in peacefully demonstrating.
The plaintiffs also allege that Schiller hit Efrain Galicia, one of the protesters, in the head.
It also claims he tried to take away a sign reading: ‘Trump: Make America Racist Again.’
Trump’s former director of security and longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller (right) reaches for protester Efrain Galicia (center in a blue shirt) on September 3, 2015. The cardboard ‘Make America Racist Again’ sign also appears to be in the picture
Images from outside Trump Tower that day show Schiller in a physical tussle with Galicia. The plaintiffs are alleging Trump’s security guards assaulted them and infringed on their First Amendment freedoms
Several images from that day in New York shows Schiller and Galicia in a tussle.
The protest in question happened in September 2015 after then-candidate Trump made a blanket statement claiming Mexican nationals who illegally cross into the U.S. are criminals and rapists.
This was the height of Trump promoting his future administration’s hard-line illegal immigration policies, including building the southern border wall.
The four men of Mexican descent who were protesting outside Trump Tower were wearing Ku Klux Klan suits, according to The Washington Post.
However, the image of Galicia does not show him wearing the white robed garb.
The men say in their lawsuit that Trump’s security guards emerged from the building during their protest, grabbed their signs and pushed them before hitting Galicia over the head.
Here Schiller is shown conversing with Galicia before it got physical
The former president said in a 2016 affidavit he had no knowledge of the altercation and was not directly involved in hiring security personnel.
His attorney had tried to get him out of testifying, but a judge decided his testimony was ‘indispensable.’
Trump is in the midst of at least 10 civil lawsuits.
Trump’s tax filings and businesses are under investigation by district attorneys in Manhattan and New York State.
He is also facing another potential deposition by the end of 2021 in relation to a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former ‘Apprentice’ contestant.
Zervos alleges Trump sexually assaulted her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 and claims she was defamed when he denied the alleged assault during his campaign for president.
Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll is also suing Trump for defamation after he accused her of lying about an allegation of a rape during the 1990s in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman.
Meanwhile, Trump and his children Eric, Don Jr. and Ivanka are also being sued in the same courthouse by a group who claims that the family convinced them to make bad investments in businesses they had a stake in.
The lawsuit alleges Trump did not disclose he was being paid millions to promote the companies.