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Man behind disturbance at Reno Trump rally IDENTIFIED; He’s registered…

Last night in Reno, Nevada, Donald Trump was briefly rushed off stage by Secret Service agents after a disturbance began in the crowd directly in front of the podium. After a few moments, a man was removed from the auditorium and later seen taken away in handcuffs.

Trump returned to the stage saying, “Nobody said it would be easy for us,” he said. “But we will never be stopped. Never. Ever.”

He thanked the Secret Service and continued his speech where he’d left off.

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We now know the identify of the protester. He’s a 33-year-old white male named Austyn Crites.

Although he’s a registered Republican, he’s voting for Hillary Clinton and says he did do some canvassing for her because “He (Trump) is very dangerous for the country. This is the type of thing that concerns me about Donald Trump. People who are fascists, people who are dictators culminate this type of environment. They get people just absolutely ape.”

According to the Guardian, Crites, who said he was an inventor who works with high-altitude balloons, said the incident occurred after he walked toward the front of the stage to protest silently against Trump.

He confirmed witness descriptions of him moving through the crowd toward the front. However, he said he was not barging through but saying: “Can I please come through, can I please come through.”

When he was near the front of the crowd, he said he silently held aloft his sign.

“I had a sign that said ‘Republicans against Trump.’ It is a sign that you can just print off online.”

Initially, there was the expected reaction of people around him booing, he said. “And then all of a sudden people next to me are starting to get violent; they’re grabbing at my arm, trying to rip the sign out of my hand,” he said.

He said he could not be sure but “it looked like” Trump was pointing at him, and may have been “instigating something”. Either way, the crowd piled on him, he said, kicking, punching, holding him on the ground and grabbing his testicles.

Initially, there was the expected reaction of people around him booing, he said. “And then all of a sudden people next to me are starting to get violent; they’re grabbing at my arm, trying to rip the sign out of my hand,” he said.

He said he was a wrestler in his youth and used his training to turn his head to the side to maintain an airway open as he was being choked by one man who had him in a headlock. “But there were people wrenching on my neck they could have strangled me to death,” he added.

Crites said when he was on the ground he heard someone yell “something about a gun” and he kept telling those on top of him that he had merely been holding a sign.

For his part, Crites said he felt relieved when police arrived and placed him in handcuffs, but said officers had to fend off Trump supporters who continued to attack him. “As I was taken from the room, people are just looking at me like I’m a demon,” he said.

He said he was taken to the back of the auditorium, searched, subjected to a background check and then swiftly released.

Several Trump supporters who witnessed the incident told the Guardian they saw a man wrestled to the ground and, after he was on the ground, heard shouts that he had a weapon, prompting panic.

One of those witnesses, a Trump supporter, said he had seen the protester holding a “Republicans against Trump” sign, and assumed it had been misidentified as a weapon.

Was this all a lot of hoopla about nothing? And does this play into the liberal narrative of Trump fomenting violence among his crazed supporters? Perhaps.

No, there was no “assassination attempt.” It does not seem that Crites was a paid Clinton plant, although one never knows. And nonetheless, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

But does anyone else find this coincidental that the incident should occur in Nevada where Trump currently leads by two points and no one ever expected him to have a chance?

Thankfully, this will all be over in just 72 hours.

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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