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Trump-loving white supremacist hit with criminal charges for harassing black woman

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A notorious white supremacist movement leader is among three men who are facing criminal charges for assaulting and verbally harassing a black female protester at a Donald Trump rally in Louisville in March.

According to Louisville TV news station WDRB, Matthew Heimbach, the well-known leader of the racist and white nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network, has been issued a criminal summons to appear in Jefferson District Court. He faces charges for harassment with physical contact toward Shiya Nwanguma, one of the anti-Trump protesters at the March rally. WDRB notes the court also issued criminal summons for Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident and Korean War Veterans Association member, and Indiana resident Joseph Pryor.

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As Raw Story previously reported in March, Nwanguma, a black woman and University of Louisville student, said she was kicked out of the Trump rally after being shoved and screamed at by Heimbach and other Trump supporters.

“I was called a n****r and a c*nt and got kicked out,” Nwanguma said.  “They were pushing and shoving at me, cursing at me, yelling at me, called me every name in the book. They’re disgusting and dangerous.”

As WDRB reports, Nwanguma has filed a lawsuit against Heimbach, Bamberger and Pryor, addressing the three men’s racist and sexist slurs against her and alleging they repeatedly assaulted her.

Heimbach, who has publicly asserted that he’s standing up for the white race, explained on his website that Nwanguma was trying to disrupt the rally. But Nwanguma said she was protesting non-violently, holding a sign depicting Trump as a pig.

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Nwanguma told WFPL, the Louisville NPR station, that rally attendees were already trying to take the sign from her when Trump saw her from the podium and told the crowd to kick her out.

“And then that’s when everybody started to attack me,” Nwanguma said.

Raw Story wrote in March that Trump interrupted his speech several times as U.S. Secret Service agents and Louisville Metro Police led the protesters away from the rally, complaining that the media would criticize him regardless of how he responded to the demonstrators.

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“Don’t hurt him,” Trump said, as supporters pushed and shoved a black man in the crowd. “See, if I say go get him, I get in trouble with the press — the most dishonest human beings in the world, the worst. If I say, don’t hurt him, the press says, maybe Trump isn’t as tough as he used to be. Can you believe this?”

The GOP nominee for president has a history of encouraging violence against those who protest his rallies. As Raw Story previously reported, Trump responded to a protester at his Nevada rally in late February by lamenting that “we’re not allowed to punch back anymore.”

Matthew Heimbach, the white nationalist group leader facing criminal charges for assaulting Nwanguma, has been called, “the face of a new generation of white nationalists” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC notes that Heimbach first gained notoriety for forming the White Student Union at Maryland’s Townson University.

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“Since graduating in the spring of 2013, he has entrenched himself further in the white nationalist movement and become a regular speaker on the radical-right lecture circuit,” SPLC writes.


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