Posted: 9:43 pm Saturday, November 5th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
An evening rally for Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada was suddenly interrupted by a disturbance that prompted Secret Service agents to rush the Republican nominee off stage, though Trump returned a few minutes later after order was restored, and finished his event without incident.
The incident occurred after a protester interrupted Trump; it seemed benign, as Trump joked about whether the man was being paid by the Clinton Campaign to disrupt the event, and Trump continued on with his speech.
But about a minute later, you could clearly hear people in the crowd start screaming, with voices saying, “He’s got a gun!” – as Secret Service agents rushed to protect Trump.
An hour after the event was over, the Secret Service told reporters that no weapon was found.
Here is the video, and then a longer piece of audio, where you hear people screaming in the background as Trump is rushed off stage.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 6, 2016
Trump returned a few minutes later, no worse for wear, as he thanked the Secret Service for its help.
Trump did not seem shaken by the incident, as he wound up his speech in the Silver State.
— M. Scott Mahaskey (@smahaskey) November 6, 2016
As for whether or not the man in custody really had a weapon – while it is possible, that would seem to be unlikely, given the fact that everyone must go through metal detectors to get into a Trump event.
And initial reports seemed to indicate exactly that:
Trump supporter John Atyeo told me he tackled man before police got there, bc thought he saw a gun. Weapons are banned from Trump events
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) November 6, 2016
Senior sources tell @ABC the threat escalated when someone shouted gun at Trump rally. Source with direct knowledge says no weapon found
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) November 6, 2016
No way the Secret Service would have let the rally go on if someone actually had a gun. Would have meant a deadly security breach. 1/2
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 6, 2016
Via: @KevinBohnCNN: "A law enforcement official tells CNN no weapon has been found related to the incident in Reno and Donald Trump"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 6, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.