A Minnesota rally in support of Donald Trump turned violent and chaotic in March 2016. As many as 125 counter-protesters charged the rally at the state capitol, hurling smoke bombs, punching people, spraying pepper spray into Trump supporters’ faces and blasting fireworks.
Anarchists were the most violent. A small group of counter protesters wore all-black clothing, hiding their faces with bandanas and goggles, police said.
Linwood “Woody” Kaine, a son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who at the time was the running mate of Hillary Clinton, was there — somewhere. The Pioneer Press in Minnesota reported exactly what happened.
Security officers saw five people dressed in black leaving the Capitol, including one who threw a smoke bomb inside, according to complaints filed by the city attorney’s office. They went to a nearby spot and “tried to change their appearance by doing things like taking off their black clothing, putting on different jackets or hats, and turning their clothing inside out,” the complaints said.
When police approached, they scattered and ran. Steve Frazer, who was then a St. Paul police senior commander, chased a man who was later identified as Woody Kaine.
Frazer grabbed Kaine by the arm, but the young man “began to spin out of his clothing to get away,” the court document continued. Other officers arrived and Kaine “was swinging his arms and pushing at Sr. Cmdr. Frazer in an attempt to get away,” the complaint said. Police said in March that they had to use a “knee strike” and a chemical spray to arrest Kaine.
Kaine, 25, of Minneapolis, was charged with three misdemeanors, but two of the charges — concealing his identity and fleeing a peace officer — were dismissed December 11. Kaine pleaded guilty to obstructing legal process/interfering with a peace officer and was sentenced on Thursday to — probation, and a $236 fine.
A spokesman for Kaine’s father said the son was not involved in the melee.
“While some were charged for disruptive activity at the rally, Woody behaved peacefully there and faced no such charges,” Miryam Lipper, a spokeswoman for Sen. Kaine, said by email. “He has pled guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with actions during an arrest after leaving the rally.”
But not so, the Associated Press reported. “A criminal complaint said Kaine and others changed into black clothing during the rally and entered the Capitol. The complaint said Kaine was among those who ran away and resisted arrest.”
Well, somebody’s not telling the truth. Wonder who it is?