Secret Service agents rushed Donald Trump offstage on Saturday evening during a rally in Reno, Nevada after they determined a protester in the audience posed a threat to the Republican presidential candidate.
‘Go! Go!’ agents shouted as they whisked him away and a combination of local police and supporters wrestled a man at the front of the crowd to the ground.
A sea of bodies scattered, screams rang out and authorities dragged the man away as he kicked and strained.
As the ordeal unfolded on Saturday, the man was belligerent before Trump supporters jumped him, the source told MINA.
A witness watching the scuffle yelled ‘He’s got a gun’ before Secret Service acted and removed Trump from the stage, according to the source.
As police and good Samaritans took the man down, the crowd surged backward and strained against the press section.
‘CNN sucks!’ one man yelled. ‘You people caused this!’
Federal agents and tactical officers from Reno Police removed the man and placed him in a bathroom near a secure entrance where Trump’s motorcade and the press vehicles were staged.
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Trump returned a short while later and addressed the audience as he continued his rally speech.
‘Nobody said it was going to be easy for us,’ Trump declared. ‘But we will never be stopped. Never, never be stopped.’
‘I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic. They don’t get enough credit. They don’t get enough credit. They’re amazing people.’Trump said he had spotted the protester and claimed he was a Hillary Clinton supporter before asking security to ‘take him out.’
Trump’s Secret Service detail were able to remove the Republican presidential candidate from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center without incident.
As he returned to his speech, he thanked a group of fans near the stage who had stepped in to subdue his would-be attacker.
‘You were amazing, fellas,’ he said.
‘I saw what you were doing. That’s a tough group of people right there… Nobody messes with our people, right?’
He and his staff later made it aboard his custom Boeing 757, dubbed Trump Force One, in advance of a flight to Denver for the day’s fourth rally in as many stages.
Trump issued a brief statement before the plane took off, but shed no new light on what had happened.
‘I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Nevada for their fast and professional response,’ Trump said.
‘I also want to thank the many thousands of people present for their unwavering and unbelievable support. Nothing will stop us – we will make America great again.’
Trump and his traveling press corps had flown five hours from coastal North Carolina to western Nevada on Saturday to appeal to rock-ribbed conservatives in the key battleground state.
His 11th-hour punches left a mark on the U.S. Senate’s most senior Democrat, just three days before Tuesday’s election.
‘Don’t let crazy, broken Harry Reid and his corrupt political machine decide this election,’ Trump said, painting the retiring Nevada senator as ‘a political hack.’
The Republican presidential nominee has warned his devoted followers for nearly a year that America’s elections – both primaries and general – are ‘rigged’, with him getting specific in Reno.
‘It’s being reported that certain key Democratic polling locations in Clark County were kept open for hours and hours beyond closing time to bus and bring Democratic voters in,’ he claimed, referring to the Las Vegas metro area on the state’s southern tip.
‘Folks, it’s a rigged system. It’s a rigged system and we’re going to beat it. We’re going to beat it.’
Saturday’s incident marked the second time Secret Service had to intervene to get Trump out of harm’s way.