Hillary Clinton’s running mate in her failed presidential campaign is back in the news after his son was sentenced for his role in a violent protest against Trump supporters. Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) son is 25-year-old Linwood Michael “Woody” Kaine of Minneapolis.
Kaine was part of a protest that brutally disrupted a Trump rally in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 4, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He and several others were arrested after some of them set off smoke bombs and fireworks inside the statehouse where the rally was taking place.
Kaine didn’t go down easily. Authorities say he ran away from the arresting officer and had to be tackled.
According to the St. Paul City Attorney’s Office “the defendant continued to fight the officers on the ground, bucking and flaring his arms and legs.”
Trump supporter Sandra Trater was at the rally and said, “They brought in pepper spray and tasers, and went after anyone with a Trump sign.”
Another supporter, Kelly Ammerman, added, “First there was some kind of smoke bomb that kind of drew everybody’s attention to that side, and some young lady came by me and got punched in the face. [The perpetrator] had a mask on his face, up to about his nose, I didn’t exactly see it, but it felt like it was a foot away from my face. I got maced on the right side of my face.”
One of the anti-Trump protesters, Anne Wheaton, said she was so shocked by the violent actions of other protesters that she left. If the violent masked protesters were part of the “anarchist extremists” Antifa group, then their actions followed a pattern seen across the country during the presidential race, according to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
25-year-old Kaine, who has been accused of being a part of Antifa, ended up pleading guilty to resisting arrest but had other charges against him dropped. He was sentenced to about three months in jail but was given probation instead. He had already served four days in jail and was ordered to pay a $236 fine. His family insists that Kaine was not involved in any of the violence, even though he ran from police.
Sen. Kaine’s spokeswoman Miryam Lipper wrote in a statement: “While some were charged for disruptive activity at the rally, Woody behaved peacefully there and faced no such charges. He has pled guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with actions during an arrest after leaving the rally.”
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