A protester who caused a Donald Trump security alert has claimed the Republican’s fans kicked and choked him – for holding a SIGN.
Austyn Crites, who is a Republican, spoke out after the billionaire was bundled off stage by US Secret Service agents last night at a rally in Reno, Nevada.
The alert was sparked when someone shouted "gun!" – but the 33-year-old said he was simply holding a sign that said "Republicans against Trump".
He told The Guardian: "People started going crazy.
"These people couldn’t grab the sign – they start tackling me, and then just piled on, and someone yelled something about a gun.
Secret Service agents bundled Donald Trump off stage in dramatic scenes
"I was yelling down there, ‘There is no gun! I only have a sign! I only have a sign!
"But there were people wrenching on my neck so hard they could have strangled me to death.
"Other people were grabbing at my balls. Other people were kicking me. It was absolutely nuts."
Mr Crites said police arrived and started "pushing people off" because "people just kept coming back for more."
But Austyn Crites insisted he was just holding a sign peacefully
He said he had been registered Republican for about six years but Mr Trump was a "fascist", and people like him "take good people and they turn them into animals."
He told other journalists outside the venue: "I’m a Republican and have been supporting Republican candidates for quite some time.
“But I just don’t support Donald Trump. I’ve been fairly vocal during the primary process as well as now.
“You know I agree with them on many, many different issues but I just believe that, you know, he’s very dangerous for the country. And so I just came with a sign, I literally just had one sign that said ‘Republicans against Trump’.”
Police detained the protester but later confirmed they found no gun There were scenes of chaos at the rally
The US Secret Service detained the suspect at the rally but found no weapon.
A Secret Service statement said: "Secret Service agents and Reno Police Officers immediately apprehended the subject. Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found."
Mr Crites said he had no injuries and Mr Trump returned to the stage a short while later to continue his rally speech.
He said: "No one said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never ever be stopped."