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A man caught on video “forcefully exhaling” on two women outside President Donald Trump’s Virginia golf course on Saturday has been charged with assault.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that Raymond Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, The Associated Press reported, adding that he was seen “forcefully exhaling” on the women.
Videos that went viral on social media show Deskins blowing air on two women after one of them asks him to move farther away because he is not wearing a mask.
Trump supporter forcefully exhaling without a mask on a protester outside the Trump National Golf Club, Nov. 21, 2020 pic.twitter.com/Bq2mMH1At0
— Douglas Christian (@DougChristianDC) November 21, 2020
“That’s assault,” one of the women says after Deskins blows on them.
“I breathed on you,” says Deskins, who was wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” shirt and had inflatable pool toy with Trump’s likeness around his waist. “Yeah, call the cops and ask them to come get me.”
Virginia regulations require residents to wear masks in stores and other indoor locations, but not outdoors.
The incident happened Saturday outside Trump National Golf Club, where the president was playing golf. Supporters and protesters often gather outside the club to cheer or jeer Trump.
“Several members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to law enforcement authorities Sunday asking for a full investigation,” the AP reported. “The letter said the two women had been protesting the president outside the golf club.”
The county sheriff’s office said it conducted an investigation at the scene but, because it was not witnessed by law enforcement, advised the two women they could seek a warrant through a county magistrate.
Update on video circulating on social media after an incident near Trump National Golf Club. pic.twitter.com/NFnbmOnYRi
— Loudoun County Sheriff (@LoudounSheriff) November 22, 2020
But others gave first-hand reports of the incident. “An anti-Trump demonstrator who was there, Kathy Beynette, told CBS News Deskins crossed the street to where the Trump protesters were gathered while both groups waited for the president to arrive,” CBS reported.
Journalist George Condon of the National Journal was a “pool” reporter for the day and traveled with Trump to the golf club.
“Arrived at Trump National Golf Club at 10:29. Uneventful drive,” he wrote in a pool report. “One man with a large Biden banner as the motorcade crossed the Potomac. A smaller crowd outside the entrance to the club than was the case last weekend. Some trump flags and a sign wanting Four More Years. Another sign: President Trump, Need a Fourth?”
“Not so supportive were other signs: ‘trump haiku
trump will not be here
to murder our grandchildren.
This makes me happy’
“Also sign with the drawing of a piece of toast. ‘Face it. You’re Toast,” Condon wrote.
In another pool report, Condon wrote upon departure:
“Motorcade departed course at 2:08. The Biden and anti-Trump people had left. The handful of Trump supporters had grown slightly and added five American flags. When a woman drove past them with a sign that said ‘Mask Up,’ they booed her. They were more appreciative of the red jeep with the AME RUN license plates with a Latinos For Trump banner and an American flag. The jeep repeatedly cruised up and down Lowe’s Island Blvd.”
“One woman jogging on the sidewalk paused, lowered her mask ad asked the pool, ‘They do know he lost, don’t they?’ She seemed to sincerely want an answer,” Condon wrote.