Trump rushed off stage at rally by Secret Service after false gun scare
The Republican returned to the stage minutes after the incident to declare: ‘we will never be stopped’.
White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers in a false gun scare during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada.
The 70-year-old Republican tycoon reappeared several minutes later to cheers, declaring: “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped, never ever 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 are amazing people.”
Just before the fracas, Trump could be seen shielding his eyes from the lights in order to peer into the crowd as a struggle broke out.
There were signs of a fracas in the audience as three agents led Trump away, shielding his body, but once a suspect was in custody Trump returned to resume his stump speech.
Television footage showed a white male suspect pinioned on the ground by officers and searched, before he was led away by local law enforcement, including an armed response team in tactical dress with rifles.
Later the Secret Service said a person in front of the stage had shouted “Gun!” but that no weapon was found after a search of the person and the immediate area. Officials did not identify the person or disclose whether he had been charged with a crime.
The candidate appeared unrattled by the scuffle and spoke with his usual self-confidence, finishing his planned remarks and accepting the applause of the crowd before returning to his campaign plane safely.
Agence France-Presse, Associated Press