NBC in Dallas is reporting that a gunman wearing body armor, a helmet, and carrying pepper spray and a gas mask has been arrested outside President Trump’s rally in Dallas this evening.
Dallas police arrested the man while he was wearing a helmet, a vest and a backpack. Officers confiscated a gun, a breathing mask and an aerosol can.
The man, who has not been identified, was arrested near counter-protestors.
Dallas Police confirmed that the man had a license to carry the weapon. He was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for an evaluation.
— Meredith Yeomans (@YeomansNBC5) October 18, 2019
NOW: More video of man arrested outside Trump rally. Walked near counter protestors wearing vest, helmet, backpack. Police confiscated a gun, breathing mask, knee pads & some type of aerosol can. Secret Servide are here. @NBCDFW https://t.co/XPQsQJRNHL pic.twitter.com/0Z0u59ZMpm
— Meredith Yeomans (@YeomansNBC5) October 17, 2019
This comes on the heels of angry Democrats expressing death wishes on President Trump this week including CNN employee caught on camera and Tom Arnold hinting at assassination on Twitter.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 17, 2019
The identity of the man arrested is not known and neither is his motive. Police are currently taking him in for a mental evaluation, which seems a bit unusual since his weapon was legal and nearly everyone carries in Texas. There are no reports that this man did anything to anyone except stand near counter protesters. Whatever the case, antifa violence at Trump rallies is putting everyone on edge. The Oath Keepers, a militia group, had pledged to provide free security at the Dallas rally in response to the violence against rally-goers in Minneapolis. Antifa regularly uses pepper spray and violence on Trump supporters and have been met in the past by Proud Boys or other pro-Trump groups carrying their own pepper spray to counter the attacks. Whether this man was one of them or a counter protester is unknown.
Oath Keepers protecting Trump voters.https://t.co/1gD3tvaYtl
— Mark Pantano (@TheMarkPantano) October 18, 2019
One thing is certain. The 2020 election is in full swing and it’s only going to get weirder and more chaotic before it’s over. Buckle up.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter