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Linwood Kaine, the son of Virginia senator and former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, was arrested outside the capitol grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 4, on suspicion of riot in the second degree. Three police officers needed pepper spray to subdue Kaine, who was among six protestors arrested after counter-protesters set off fireworks, lit a smoke bomb, and sprayed a chemical irritant into a crowd during the “March 4 Trump” rally at the Minnesota State Capitol.
All of those arrested were released, but St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark is reviewing the case to determine if possible additional charges can be brought.
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press quoted a statement from Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman, who said that a police officer ordered a man, later identified as Kaine, to get on the ground, but he refused. “The officer was able to get ahold of Mr. Kaine, but he got up, squared off with the officer and the officer tried to take him to the ground again,” Linders said. Another officer arrived and sprayed a chemical irritant toward Kaine to subdue him. “He then was taken to the ground, but continued to resist, at which point another officer deployed a knee strike to get him to cooperate with the officers and put his hands behind his back,” Linders continued.
“After the strike, Mr. Kaine cooperated and was taken into custody without further incident.”
Kaine’s father, Senator Tim Kaine, released a statement through a spokesperson to the Pioneer Press, the Washington Post and other news outlets saying: “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”
The Pioneer Press reported that on the afternoon of March 4, several hundred Trump supporters showed up at the Capitol for a permitted rally billed as the “March 4 Trump.” It was one of several such held around the country.
The Minnesota State Patrol estimated that 400 Trump supporters were present at the Capitol and that there were 50 counter-protestors.
Speeches had been going on for about a half-hour inside the Capitol rotunda when a group of protestors tried to disrupt the event. Police said that during the protests, someone set off a smoke bomb, which apparently struck a woman in the head.
A March 6 Reuters article reported on a number of pro-Trump rallies around the nation on the same day that Kaine was arrested, where violence broke out. One of these took place in what Reuters described as “the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California.” The report noted:
“How can anyone be disappointed with bringing back jobs? And he promised he would secure our borders, and that’s exactly what he’s doing,” said Meshawn Maddock, one of the organizers of the Lansing rally, which drew about 200 people.
An article posted by The New American on November 17 (after Trump was elected but before his inauguration) sought to determine what was behind the often violent “protests” (which were really riots) against president-elect Trump. The article noted:
The writer of that article, C. Mitchell Shaw, posed the following questions which cast doubt on any beliefs that these violent demonstrations were spontaneous:
Which prompts immediate speculation about where the money to pay these protesters comes from. The writer provides part of that answer by observing:
Trump “Protests” Manufactured by Leftist Elites and Manned by Professional Protesters
PRESIDENT TRUMP — Protests Fizzle, Fail to Stop Inauguration
Democrat Tim Kaine's Son Arrested for
causing Disruptions at Pro-Trump Rally!!!
LOSER TIM KAINE’S FAMILY JUST GOT
HORRIBLE NEWS THAT WILL SHAME
THEIR FAMILY FOREVER - THIS IS SICK!