Secret Service agents rushed Donald Trump offstage on Saturday evening during his rally in Reno, Nevada after they determined a protester might pose a real threat to the Republican presidential candidate. The Secret Service issued a statement later saying that Trump was removed from the stage by his protective detail after “an unidentified individual shouted ‘gun’…no weapon was found.”
Moments later, a rally speaker took to the stage to tell the unsettled crowd that “nobody is going to stop this movement.”
The Republican Presidential Nominee returned to the stage moments later to continue his speech greeted by enthusiastic cheering from the crowd. Mr Trump, who didn’t appear unsettled, briefly addressed the incident before jumping back into his speech.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped. Never ever be stopped,” Trump said.
“I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic – they don’t get enough credit,” he said.
A few minutes later, the businessman paused to thank his supporters for helping to protect him as the man rushed the stage.
“I want to thank all these people,” he said, pointing to the area where the man was stopped.
“I saw what you were doing – that’s a tough group of people right there. I saw that, that was pretty amazing. Nobody messes with our people,” he said.
I’ve spoken to six witnesses. Panic apparently sparked when someone yelled “he’s got a gun”. Unclear if he did. No-one I spoke to saw weapon
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) November 6, 2016
Secret Service statement: “an unidentified individual shouted ‘gun’…no weapon was found.” pic.twitter.com/msH2CPcclE
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) November 6, 2016
Donald Trump issued a statement after the rally:
– NOVEMBER 05 2016 –
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT
“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. 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!” –Donald J. Trump