Republican candidate Donald Trump has been rushed off stage by Secret Service, during a rally in Reno, Nevada. Everything happened after an attendant from the crowd shouted “gun”.
According to Vox, everything was started by an unarmed rally goer shouting at a protester trying to hold up a sign against Trump. Security immediately identified the subject as Austyn Crites, who had no weapon.
Donald Trump wasn’t in any danger at all
“All of a sudden, because they couldn’t grab the sign, or whatever happened, bam, I get tackled by all these people,” Crites said. “And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that’s when things really got out of hand.” He also mentioned that he was glad that the Secret Service jumped in, otherwise he was risking being beaten up by the crowd.
The Secret Service also confirmed that the area was safe, as a gun couldn’t be found. “Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found,” said the statement they released. “A thorough investigation is ongoing at this time by the US Secret Service and the Reno Police Department.”
Right after the event, Donald Trump resumed his speech, without seeming affected by the whole thing. “Nobody said it was gonna be easy for us, but we will never be stopped,” the businessman said, also thanking the law enforcement.
No such thing as an attempt at the Republican nominee’s life
Like expected, the crowd was terrified initially, according to some interviews. Also, many rally attendees falsely reported the event as an “assassination attempt”.
The idea was still pushed on social media by Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s son, as well as campaign social media aide Dan Scavino, both of them retweeting misleading headlines and reports.