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Donald Trump rushed off the stage by Secret Service after gun scare at rally

Trump returned to the stage only minutes later.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Nov 6, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:09 pm CST

Donald Trump was rushed off the stage by the Secret Service at his rally in Reno, Nevada on Saturday night after the crowd thought somebody was threatening the Republican presidential nominee with a gun.

Here’s the video that showed the Secret Service acting within seconds of the incident.

It turns out the man, Austyn Crites, didn’t have a gun, despite someone in the crowd shouting that he had possession of one. Instead, Crites told reporters afterward that he raised a “Republicans Against Trump” sign and that he was being assaulted by Trump fans before somebody shouted something about a gun.

“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 said, via CNN. “And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that’s when things really got out of hand.”

Trump returned to the stage minutes later to finish his speech.

Even though the Secret Service didn’t find a gun, that didn’t stop Donald Trump Jr. and Dan Scavino Jr., Trump’s social media director, from retweeting this campaign supporter that Trump had survived an assassination attempt.

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*First Published: Nov 6, 2016, 10:34 am CST