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Donald Trump rushed off Reno stage in gun scare

It’s time to calm down, people. Take a deep breath. From the Reno Gazette Journal in Nevada:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was rushed offstage during a visit to Reno after a man holding a sign was mistakenly thought to possibly have a weapon.


Trump was giving his speech at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center when he called out a protester, later identified as 33-year-old Austyn Crites of Reno, in the crowd – a typical event at Trump rallies. Shortly after, security grabbed Trump and took him backstage as more officers swarmed the crowd, which scattered.


Secret Service released a statement saying they did not find a weapon on Crites and he was later released.

Here’s the video:

USA Today has more on the Trump protester:

The man who caused a commotion at a Donald Trump rally Saturday said he's a registered Republican who wanted only to show his displeasure with his party's nominee.


Members of the audience at the event for the GOP presidential nominee tackled Austyn Crites, 33, of Reno after someone yelled "gun" while others were trying to rip away his anti-Trump sign.


"I just went with sign that said 'Republicans Against Trump,’ " Crites said. "It’s a sign that you can find online. I held up the sign and initially people around me were just booing me telling me to get out of there. Then a couple of these guys tried grabbing the sign out of my hands."

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