A Secret Service agent and a news media photographer got into a verbal and physical altercation at a raucous Donald Trump presidential campaign rally riddled with protests Monday in Virginia.
Chris Morris, the photographer, was escorted out of the tense rally amid an anti-Trump protest, and detained before being released. The Secret Service says it is investigating “the exact circumstances.” The agent has not been identified.
Videos of the incident taken by reporters and attendees show Morris attempting to secure a better position to photograph some of the many protesters kicked out of Trump’s Radford event. Rebuffed by the agent, Morris is heard cursing at the agent, who then grabs Morris and takes him to the ground.
Seconds later, Morris touched the agent to demonstrate his version of what happened. He was then escorted out. Trump’s campaign says it is not aware of all the details surrounding the incident.
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During the rally, Trump mocked one of many protesters who interrupted the billionaire’s rant about illegal immigration and Mexico.
The protester shouted, and Trump said from the stage, “Are you from Mexico?”
Several minutes of shouting and booing ensued. The protester was removed.
Trump shouted, “Is it fun being at a Trump rally?”
The crowd hooted and Trump briefly quieted them. Then he looked in front of the stage and asked a woman, “You have a problem? Get her out.”
That protester was removed, too.
Trump added, “Believe it or not, we’re going to unify this country.”
He again tried to deliver the punchline to a story but was interrupted.
“You got another one over there? All right, get out.”