During a rally in Reno, NV Saturday night, Donald Trump pointed to a protester who was holding a “Republicans Against Trump” sign, then Secret Service agents rushed the GOP nominee off stage. Media sources say that someone in the crowd shouted “gun!” however, no weapons were found. Trump supporters beat the snot out of 33-year-old Austyn Crites, a registered Republican.
“I just went with a sign that said ‘Republicans Against Trump,’” Crites told USA Today. “It’s a sign that you can find online. I held up the sign and initially people around me were just booing me telling me to get out of there. Then a couple of these guys tried grabbing the sign out of my hands.”
“Multiple people just tackled me down, kicking me choking me and just beating me up,” Crites continued. “That’s when things even got crazier. I was on the ground and people were holding my arms, legs and I kept saying I can barely breathe. I was turning my neck just to get a little bit of air to keep from passing out.”
When the GOP nominee returned to the stage a few minutes later, he thanked the Secret Service and told the crowd, “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us. But we will never be stopped. Never ever be stopped.”
That’s right, a scary sign won’t stop Brave Donald or his “Second Amendment person” who yelled “gun!” and caused panic to quickly spread in the crowd.
Trump supporters and his campaign are trying to spin the incident.
Donald Trump’s son and a top campaign aide were falsely spreading the rumor that an incident at a Nevada rally was an ‘assassination attempt’ against the candidate even though no weapon was found.
Trump’s son, Don Jr., and Dan Scavino, who runs Trump’s social media operation, re-tweeted a message that read, ‘Hillary ran away from rain today. Trump is back on stage minutes after assassination attempt.'”
Crites has been a registered Republican since 2011. But this time, he’s voting for the Democratic presidential nominee. He’s a Republican crossing the aisle and that’s just too much for Trump supporters to handle. They’re such delicate little flowers.
Scavino actually retweeted that is was an “assassination attempt.”
Hillary ran away from rain today. Trump is back on stage minutes after assassination attempt. pic.twitter.com/KjCmdnV5Hb
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 6, 2016
Donald Trump Jr., retweeted it as well.
Donald Trump Jr retweets tweet saying tonight’s incident at Trump’s rally in Reno was an assassination attempt: pic.twitter.com/5bUIraIzJx
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 6, 2016
“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,” Crites told KMTR.
Weird. The Pussy Grabber’s supporters are now grabbing crotches.
Austin told me he was punched, kicked. Someone grabbed his testicles and he his neck was in a chokehold. He said he feared for his life.
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) November 6, 2016
Trump supporters, Hillary doesn’t run from signs, mmkay?
Remember Trump cowering when protester rushed the stage? Hillary Clinton didn’t miss a beat. Kept right on speaking pic.twitter.com/owPN3cBVwI
— (((Picasso Kat))) (@Picassokat) August 10, 2016
Austyn Crites says
1. I held up Republicans against Trump sign.
2. I was kicked and choked.
3. Someone shouted gun.
4. I was saved by cops.
— James Cook (@BBCJamesCook) November 6, 2016
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted that it was a “scary incident.” Yes, it is ‘scary’ when Trump’s supporters create chaos.
Photo by David Becker via Getty.