‘I was beaten for hold­ing a ‘Repub­li­cans against Trump’ sign

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The man whose protest saw Don­ald Trump rushed off the stage by Se­cret Ser­vice agents has said the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­nee’s sup­port­ers turned on him when he held up a sign read­ing: “Repub­li­cans against Trump”. The man, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Austyn Crites from Reno, told the Guardian he was hold­ing the sign at a rally when Trump sup­port­ers wres­tled him to the ground. There were pan­icked scenes at the Trump rally, ap­par­ently prompted by shouts from at least one per­son in the crowd that the pro­tester had a gun. The 33-year-old – who says he has been a regis­tered Re­pub­li­can for about six years – said he was kicked, punched and choked, and feared for his life when the crowd turned on him at the gath­er­ing in Reno, Ne­vada. Crites cited Trump’s treat­ment of Mex­i­cans, Mus­lims and women as the rea­son he de­cided to protest again Trump, who he de­scribed as “a text­book ver­sion of a dic­ta­tor and a fas­cist”.

Austyn Crites.

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