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Crowd was "beating the crap out of me": Trump protester

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:42

''I wasn't going to allow them to completely choke me out, but had I not had that training (wrestling), it's possible I wouldn't be here talking to you today,'' says Austyn Crites, the man who started a scuffle by holding up a ''Republicans against Trump'' sign at a Reno rally. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protester Austyn Crites describes what happened during a Donald Trump rally in Reno, Nevada on Saturday (November 6) after he held up a 'Republicans against Trump' sign. "Bam. I get tackled by all these people who are just like, kicking me, grabbing me in the crotch and just beating the crap out of me," Trump was rushed off stage by security agents after a false alarm as someone in the crowd shouted "gun" during scuffles. The incident occurred as Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton crisscrossed the United States a late push to win over undecided voters and make sure supporters turn out enthusiastically on Election Day. Two security agents seized Trump by the shoulders and hustled him backstage as police officers swarmed over a man in the front of the crowd and held him down and searched him before escorting him away with his hands behind his back. Trump, seemingly unruffled, returned to the stage and continued his speech after a short time, saying "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us" and adding "We will never be stopped." "I came here with this sign expecting boos ... But it was just a sign," Austyn Crites said. Crites said when he took it out, the crowd began to attack him, choking and beating him before "someone yelled about a gun." After being held for a few hours' questioning and security and background checks, Crites said he was released, and that the police "did their job."

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Crowd was "beating the crap out of me": Trump protester

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:42