Trump Supporters Sue Attackers: Will Donald Pick Up Their Legal Fees?

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Donald Trump supporters brought a class action lawsuit against anti-Trump protestors who attacked them outside a rally in San Jose, California in June and the police who they say failed to protect them.

The Thursday lawsuit names some 40 protestors, as well as the city of San Jose and its Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“Protesters armed themselves with eggs, bottles, rocks, and newspapers and threw items at Trump-supporters,” the arrest report of Antonio Moses Fernandez, one of the attackers, reads. (RELATED: Cops: San Jose Protestors Attacked Anything With An American Flag)

The complaint alleges that San Jose police observed the attacks and elected not to intervene.

“The city defendants were fully aware of the already volatile situation involving hundreds of protesters outside the Trump rally,” the complaint states. It alleges the city “knowingly created a dangerous situation for all Trump rally attendees by requiring all persons leaving the event to walk directly into and through a mob of physically violent and aggressive anti-Trump protesters.”

The plaintiffs are represented by Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney in private practice who is also chair of the California Republican Committee.

Trump has previously offered to pay the legal fees of supporters involved in physical altercations during his rallies. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told NBC’s Chuck Todd in March that he was exploring paying the lawyers fees of a North Carolina man who threw a punch at an anti-Trump protestor during a rally. (RELATED: Trump Says He Might Help 78-Year-Old Who Sucker-Punched Protestor [VIDEO])

“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ’em, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise,” he said.

Trump has not yet stated whether or not he will finance the lawsuit against San Jose.

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