A British citizen tried to grab a police officer’s gun with the aim of shooting at Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The man that closed up to the presumptive Republican nominee on the stage of the Treasure Island Casino pretending he wanted an autograph. He was immediately arrested and there were no injuries. He suggested that taking a gun from an officer was easier than trying to smuggle one at a Trump event. He had bought a ticket for a second event in Phoenix to increase his chances.
The court-appointed attorney Michael Steven Sandford, 20, said his client had dealt with psychological issues in the past but he is not entering an insanity plea. The man had apparently tried to commit suicide in the past. Court documents indicate the Briton expected and was ready to die while getting one or two shots against Trump.
Sandford was planning his attack and he had practiced on Friday – one day before the attempt – as he had never fired a gun.
There will be a hearing of his case on July 5th.
The Briton wanted to attack Trump for nearly a year but felt he did not have the opportunity. He was unemployed and lived in his car according to AP.
This was not the first time Donald Trump’s gathering attract violence.
On Monday Mr. Trump fired the campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who oversaw his triumph in the primaries. Lewandowski continues to back Trump, although it is said he had differences with a more traditional campaign manager coming into the team.
The US presidential election campaign of 2016 has been fringed with violence. Almost everywhere Donald Trump goes he attracts protests.
(AP, BBC, France 24)