The youngest son of Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election was one of six persons arrested Saturday a “March 4 Trump” rally St. Paul, Minnesota.
Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, son of Sen. Tim Kaine, was arrested with four others for suspicion of second-degree rioting at the pro-Trump event; a sixth person was arrested for disorderly conduct at the Minnesota capitol, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
The six protesters clashed with Trump supporters inside the Minnesota Capitol rotunda, where they disrupted the proceedings with chants, whistles, and air horns. One person reportedly ignited a smoke bomb inside the facility.
Authorities released Kaine, a Minnesota resident who attended Carleton College, from the Ramsey County jail on Tuesday morning pending further investigation while St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark is reviewing the case.
No charges have been filed to date.
Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat who is a Minnesota native, released a statement through a spokesman.
“We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues,” he said. “They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”
Thirty minutes after pro-Trump speeches were made at the rally, attended by about 400, approximately 50 counter-demonstrators entered the newly renovated rotunda.
A 61-year-old woman said that she was struck in the head by a smoke bomb thrown by one of the protesters in her direction, but sustained no injuries.
Then security personnel attempted to intervene, fighting broke out. The Kaine son was among five people observed lighting fireworks inside the rotunda, Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman said.
After the counter-demonstrators dispersed the Trump rally resumed.
Kaine and his four companions were apprehended by St. Paul police less than a block from the capitol building.
When Kaine was apprehended, “he turned around and squared up to fight with the officer,” Linders said Tuesday night. “The officer was able to place Mr. Kaine under arrest and take him to the Ramsey County jail for booking.”
Kaine’s arrest required “some force” from the officer, Linders added.
No one was aware that he was the son of the U.S. senator, whose office contacted neither police nor the city attorney’s office, until the Pioneer Press advised authorities of the fact.
The disruption to the day’s event disappointed Elisa Sarmento, one of the rally’s organizers.
“All we wanted to do was just celebrate our president in our own country,” Sarmento said. “We have the freedom to do it and for those young kids to come … and disrupt and hurt people, that’s very disappointing.”
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