Friday, May 25, 2018
Politics

Sen. Tim Kaine's son among several arrested after protesters disrupt Trump rally in Minnesota (w/video)

The youngest son of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was among six people arrested over the weekend during a rally for President Donald Trump in Minnesota that turned chaotic when counterprotesters set off fireworks, lit a smoke bomb and sprayed a chemical irritant into the crowd.

Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree riot, a felony, during the "March 4 Trump" rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press reported Tuesday. Kaine ran from the scene and was arrested about a block away after he resisted arrest, was sprayed with a chemical irritant and was taken to the ground, according to police.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges, finding insufficient evidence to substantiate the charge, spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein said Wednesday. The St. Paul City Attorney's Office was reviewing the case.

Four other people at the rally were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot, and another was brought in for disorderly conduct. They, too, were released without charges.

Tim Kaine, a St. Paul native and Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 election, and his wife, Anne Holton, did not comment on the specifics of their son's arrest, but gave a brief emailed statement to the Washington Post through a spokeswoman.

"We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues," they said. "They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully."

Kaine and Holton's oldest son, Nat, is a U.S. Marine who has deployed overseas. Their daughter, Annella, is a college student.

Linwood Kaine, who goes by the nickname Woody, attended a small liberal arts college about 45 minutes south of St. Paul and is currently a resident of Minneapolis.

Police said he was among roughly 50 counterprotesters who clashed with pro-Trump demonstrators Saturday afternoon at the Minnesota State Capitol, where a crowd of about 400 had gathered in the rotunda to listen to speeches in support of the new president.

Tensions were already running high when someone threw a smoke bomb into the audience, striking a woman in the head, local media reported. Others set off fireworks in the building, sending people running and prompting security guards to intervene. At one point, someone reportedly sprayed what police called a "chemical irritant" into the crowd, causing people to cough and scatter out of the room.

A police spokesman, Steve Linders, told the Pioneer Press that Kaine ran from the scene and was arrested down the street from the building, along with four others suspected to have lit fireworks. Kaine resisted the arresting officer, who had to use "some force" to take him into custody, Linders said.

"He turned around and squared up to fight with the officer," Linders said. "The officer was able to place Mr. Kaine under arrest and take him to the Ramsey County jail for booking."

Police told the Pioneer Press they did not know until Tuesday that they had arrested a U.S. senator's son. No one from the senator's office contacted the department about it, they said.

The rally at the State Capitol was one of several demonstrations held around the country over the weekend in support of Trump.

A rally in Berkeley, Calif., turned violent Saturday when pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators attacked each other with wooden sticks, Reuters reported. Some Trump supporters fired pepper spray, and at least three people were injured, including one man who had his teeth knocked out, according to Reuters. Video from the event showed people tackling each other and throwing punches in the park where the rally was held. At least five people were arrested.

Comments
North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on. The explosi...
Published: 05/24/18
Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

President Donald Trump’s decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump’s effort to silence his critics is not permissible under the U.S. Con...
Published: 05/23/18
All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

TAMPA — All those public watch parties during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s postseason run? And how about the rally at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park with the big white Lightning logo spray-painted on the grass? You need police to prote...
Published: 05/23/18
Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Explain this to me: In the world of partisan politics, how is being an independent thinker a bad thing? When it comes to general elections, we seem to like rogues and mavericks. We want outsiders and swamp scrubbers. Folks appreciate a good finger-...
Published: 05/22/18
‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at "the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt," trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help...
Published: 05/20/18
Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high scho...
Published: 05/20/18
China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

WASHINGTON - China offered to boost its annual purchases of U.S. products by "at least $200 billion" Friday as two days of talks aimed at averting an open breach between the two countries ended in Washington, a top White House adviser said.Larry Kudl...
Published: 05/19/18
Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

TAMPA — A concert organizer is accusing Hillsborough County Commission candidate Elvis Piggott of falsifying a contract and prompting the headline act to pull out of a gospel show.In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Corey Curry claims h...
Published: 05/18/18
Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the next CIA director after several Democrats were persuaded to support her despite lingering concerns about her role in the brutal interrogation of suspected terrorists captured after ...
Published: 05/17/18
GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency. But opponents concerned about Haspel’s ...
Published: 05/16/18