The son of Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, was arrested over the weekend while counter-protesting at a rally for divisive White House Resident Donald Trump, showing that resistance might be a genetic trait.
Six people in total were arrested after disrupting a Trump rally at the Minnesota State Capitol with fireworks. According to Pioneer Press, it took three police officers and a “chemical spray” to subdue the 24-year-old Linwood Kaine.
Kaine and four others were arrested for second-degree riot after a “March 4 Trump” rally, and a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct.
The march became chaotic when Trump protesters confronted the Trump supporters in the Capitol Rotunda and attempted to disrupt them with air horns, whistles, and chants, as well as a smoke bomb.
According to reports by a St. Paul, Minneapolis, police spokesperson, Kaine resisted arrest. He was released from Ramsey County jail on Tuesday morning, pending investigation. Kaine, who attended Carleton College, is a resident of Minneapolis.
Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman, said that when police approached the five individuals who set off fireworks in the rotunda, they, including Kaine, scattered, but officers caught up. At that point, Kaine refused to get on the ground as ordered:
“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 that at that point, another officer showed up and maced Kaine, although he:
“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. After the strike, Mr. Kaine cooperated and was taken into custody without further incident.”
No charges were filed as yet, but Samuel Clark, attorney for the city of St. Paul is reviewing the case for possible misdemeanor charges.
Sen. Tim Kaine, who ran with Hillary Clinton as vice president on the Democratic ticket during the 2016 election released a statement on Tuesday night, telling Pioneer press:
“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.”
— Pioneer Press (@PioneerPress) March 8, 2017
Videos of the counter-protest appeared on YouTube, with footage of the smoke bomb being deployed.
Pioneer Press reports that approximately 50 Trump protesters squared up against 400 Trump supporters.
Another video shows police chasing Trump protesters out of the capital, and yet another shows them deploying physical force, tasers, and pepper spray to break up the crowd.
The ‘March 4 Trump’ in St. Paul was one of the handful of pro-Trump rallies held over the weekend. A rally in Berkeley, California, turned violent, according to Reuters, when demonstrators on both sides began wielding wooden sticks, and some Trump supported used pepper spray.
Also reported by Reuters was the small number of Trump supporters who attended in some regions, many of whom were outnumbered and overwhelmed by large groups of Trump protesters.