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Man at center of Trump incident released

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 02:07

A man holding an anti-Trump sign at a rally in Nevada explains what happened that made police usher Trump off stage. Julie Noce reports.

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"I came with a sign, I literally had just one sign that said Republican's Against Trump..." This is the man at the center of an incident that got Republican candidate Donald Trump ushered off the stage during a rally in Reno, Saturday night. Austyn Crites, a Republican who does not support Trump, says he came to the rally to exercise his right to protest. When he did, this is what happened... (SOUNDBITE) English ANTI-TRUMP DEMONSTRATOR AUSTYN CRITES SAYING: "And when I pulled out the sign, the people around me were trying to grab the sign. And so all that was occuring was booing of course, that's what you'd expect, right? You're in the middle of a rally... the people around me are booing, saying get outta here, yelling profanities, then all of a sudden, because they couldn't grab the sign, or whatever happened, BAM, I was tackled by all these people who just like kicking me, grabbing me in the crouch, just beating the crap out of me. Then somebody yelled something about a gun. And that's when things really got outta hand." So out of hand that the secret service jumped on stage, grabbed Trump by the shoulders, and hurried him off stage. Security agents swarmed around Crites, searched him, then walked him out of the rally for questioning. No weapon was found and he was later released. The incident didn't deter Trump- he was back on stage moments later continuing his campaign speech. Trump later thanked law enforcement officials for their fast and professional reponse. Crites, also thanked police, and said he has no ill will towards Trump supporters, but wants people to pay attention to what happened. (SOUNDBITE) English ANTI-TRUMP DEMONSTRATOR AUSTYN CRITES SAYING: "This is the other important thing.... I have nothing against Donald Trump supporters. In fact, we are all registered Republicans. In fact a lot of us are voting for the same people for the Senate and Congress tickets. So really it's just a deep concern, a very serious concern for Donald Trump and his very fascist techniques. That's really what this is about."

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Man at center of Trump incident released

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 02:07