Trump’s ‘silent majority’ heckled in Richmond

On October 15, 2015 by M. Scott Mahaskey
Protester removed from inside the warehouse venue at the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

Protester removed from inside the warehouse venue at the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

Protesters at campaign events is nothing new; people yell, candidates get heckled and security usually moves in swiftly to quiet the offenders. Wednesday night, at a Trump rally at the Richmond International Raceway, protesters erupted and the disruption seemed to go longer than usual. Tightly locked within a crowd estimated in the thousands, it took several minutes for security officers to weave through the audience and warn demonstrators that they were trespassing. Most of the time that is sufficient for protesters to give up, walk off and end the demonstration. When they refused, it was necessary for the security detail to seek help from local uniformed law enforcement to physically remove the protesters. Entire process took about 10 minutes – a lifetime for a candidate trying to deliver remarks to a live C-SPAN audience.

Donald Trump makes a campaign stop October 14, 2015 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

 

Donald Trump makes a campaign stop October 14, 2015 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (M. Scott Mahaskey/Politico)

A protester in tears after she was pushed around by supporters tightly-packed in a Richmond venue on Wednesday.

A protester in tears after she was pushed around by supporters tightly-packed in a Richmond venue on Wednesday.

A supporter of Donald Trump shouts at a protester as he is escorted from the event Wednesday evening.

A supporter of Donald Trump shouts at a protester as he is escorted from the event Wednesday evening.

Supporters cheer on Trump.

Supporters cheer on Trump.

 

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