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 private security wrestled the suspect to the ground.
Thousands of people scattered like a sea of bodies, screams rang out and authorities dragged the man away as he kicked and strained after someone shouted ‘gun’ in the audience, causing the ensuing chaos.
Trump returned to the stage just five minutes later.
‘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 had spotted the protester and claimed he was a Hillary Clinton supporter before asking security to ‘take him out.’
As he returned to his speech, Trump 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?’
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Trump then returned to his regular speech.
Federal agents and tactical officers from Reno Police removed at least one man and placed him in a bathroom near a secure entrance where Trump’s motorcade and the press vehicles were staged.
Two audience members told DailyMail.com that they had seen the man holding a firearm. That has not been confirmed by law enforcement.
As police and good Samaritans took him down, the crowd surged backward and strained against the press section.
‘CNN sucks!’ one man yelled. ‘You people caused this!’
Audience members at the front of the crowd reportedly said they saw the man raise up a sign before a scuffle ensued.
Trump’s Secret Service detail removed him from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center without incident.
He and his staff 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 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.
‘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.
In March, a man leaped over a police barricade during a Trump rally at an airport hangar in Dayton, Ohio.
The man,Thomas Dimassimo, was charged with disorderly conduct and inciting panic, but he never reached the stage.
Secret Service tackled him when he was still several yards away from the candidate.
‘I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it, don’t we agree?’ Trump said at the time.
‘And to think I had such an easy life! What do I need this for, right?’
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