With just three days to go until election day, we are not surprised to hear that people are getting a bit violent, especially when there is so much on the line. This time, the violence, or at least threat of violence, was directed towards Donald Trump.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2016
At his rally in Reno, Nevada last night, Trump was rushed off the stage after “an unidentified individual shouted gun” during his speech, according to CNN.
Secret Service then did a thorough search and found no weapon but that doesn’t mean damage wasn’t done. The individual, later identified as Austyn Crites, says that the riot started when he raised his “Republicans Against Trump” sign, even before anyone shouted anything about a gun.
“All of a sudden, because they couldn’t grab the sign, or whatever happened, bam, I get tackled by all these people who were just, like, kicking me and grabbing me in the crotch and just, just beating the crap out of me. And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that’s when things really got out of hand”, Crites told KTNV. He was then immediately taken into custody for further questioning.
Although Trump was reported to be fine, after the incident he issued a statement saying “I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Nevada for their fast and professional response.”
No matter what your political beliefs are, gun violence is no joke.