As seen in the above photo, Donald Trump was surrounded by Secret Service agents as they protected Trump and rushed the Republican presidential candidate off the stage. Trump was speaking at a rally in Reno, Nevada, but was eventually taken off the stage for a period of time on Saturday, November 5. After Trump yelled at Austyn Crites, whom Trump claimed had been paid $1,500 by Hillary Clinton’s camp to disrupt Trump’s rally, Trump stopped yelling at Crites and found himself flanked by Secret Service guys who swiftly told Trump to leave the stage with them.
Trump returned to the podium after the melee with Austyn died down. But what really happened to Trump in Reno? Was there a gun recovered from Crites? Did Austyn truly try and assassinate Trump? The following Associated Press photos of Trump, Crites, and the Secret Service help tell the true story of Trump in Reno.
Austyn can be seen in the above photo, as Crites can be seen looking at the camera, wearing a blue hoodie.
Crites has also claimed on the Facebook page named Austyn Crites that Crites’ Facebook account keeps getting removed.
“Hi All, On-line trolls keep taking my Facebook account down. Please post the below story link on your walls to show the truth of what occurred yesterday as I was attacked at the Trump rally in Reno while simply holding a sign.
Crites is in the background center with a blue hoodie and jacket. Austyn was escorted from the Trump rally by law enforcement officers after Trump was rushed offstage. Secret Service agents in Reno can be seen with their hands on Austyn and keeping the crowd away from Crites.
Austyn can also be seen in the above photo, flanked by law enforcement officers in the midst of the campaign rally crowd in Reno on Saturday.
Crites’ blue hood and black jacket with no sleeves can also be seen in the above photo.
Rally audience members in Reno took out their phones and began recording videos of the melee as Austyn was removed from the rally crowd.
Another vantage point of Crites can be seen in the below photo, with Austyn’s mouth open, as if Crites is yelling at someone in the photo.
Austyn claims that as he held a “Republicans against Trump” sign at the rally, prior to Crites being kicked out — as reported by the Guardian — Crites was beaten. Crites is 33 and from Reno, who claimed he was simply holding the sign when Austyn said he was wrestled to the ground. Crites is a six-year registered Republican who claimed he was beaten in Reno.
Crites felt that the manner in which Trump treated women, Mexicans, and Muslims was Austyn’s motivation for protesting Trump.
However, after somebody in the crowd shouted that Austyn had a gun, that’s when people began running to the back of the Trump rally and Trump was whisked offstage.
Actual video of Trump being rushed offstage can be seen below.
BREAKING: Donald Trump Rushed off Stage by Secret Service During Rally in Reno, Nevada; Crowd Seen In Chaos pic.twitter.com/Z8AzWKL6YG— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 6, 2016
Austyn, as reported by Heavy.com, says that police saved him from the enraged Trump rally crowd, some of whom grabbed Crites by the testicles.
Crites claimed that Trump pointed at Austyn, inciting the Trump rally crowd to violence.
Trump eventually came back to the stage after Austyn was taken out of the Reno rally, claiming no one could stop Trump’s train.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy but we will never be stopped. We will never be stopped.”
However, did Crites really have a gun? No, according to the Secret Service, as reported in the above linked article from the Guardian.
Crites had tried to stage a quiet protest against Trump when all the brouhaha about a supposed gun broke out. Austyn said he had politely asked to move to the front of the crowd before he was accused of having a gun.
“‘Can I please come through, can I please come through?’ 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. But there were people wrenching on my neck they could have strangled me to death. The people who attacked me – I’m not blaming them. I’m blaming Donald Trump’s hate rhetoric.
“My heart still aches for what this nation could potentially do by electing him. That hurts me much more than any of this violence. The fact that I got beat up today, that’s just showing what he’s doing to his crowds. But I just want people to understand I’m going to be OK, but now what’s more important is if the country going to be OK? So do your part and vote.”
Austyn reached the front of the crowd, where Crites planned to stand silently and hold his sign.
No gun was recovered.
Austyn appeared dazed outside the rally as Crites spoke with the media.
Crites’ Facebook page, which can be seen in photos on Heavy, shows photos of Austyn’s feelings about Trump.
Crites said he felt Trump pointed at Austyn, inciting the crowd to yell that Crites had a gun — a false accusation.
Trump appeared to use the situation to his advantage after Crites was removed from the rally.
More photos of the events in Reno, as well as video, can be seen below.
[Featured Image by John Locher/AP Images]