Man arrested with knife and wooden baton at Trump campaign event

Man arrested with knife and wooden baton at Trump campaign event
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A man was reportedly arrested Wednesday after brandishing a knife and a wooden baton at a Trump campaign rally in Maine where the president was not present.

ABC News reports that while at the rally where South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemRNC's McDaniel launches podcast highlighting Republicans outside of Washington South Dakota governor slams Biden over fireworks plans: 'What a hypocrite' Overnight Energy:  Senate climate advocates start digging in on infrastructure goals | Judge rebuffs Noem's bid for July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore | Climate advocate wins third seat on Exxon board MORE (R) was appearing, Peter Beitzell, 58, allegedly harassed and exchanged words with attendees while holding a knife and baton.

According to Maggie Seidel, spokesperson for Noem, the governor’s security detail of South Dakota state troopers engaged with the man, and Noem was not in danger at any point.


Noem is currently campaigning for President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE, with stops planned in Maine and New Hampshire.

Beitzell reportedly eventually returned to his car where he put away the weapons and was subsequently charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Beitzell posted a $200 bail.

Tensions are running high as Election Day approaches. In a YouGov survey released this month, 55 percent of registered voters felt that violence would increase after the election.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago mayor defends her decision to grant interviews exclusively to people of color Daily Caller sues Chicago mayor for limiting interviews to people of color Tulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' MORE (D) has said that officials held a “all-hazard drill” to anticipate any election-related threats. In Baltimore, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said his department is preparing to “deploy our resources before, on and even after Election Day,” while adding police are prepared to “de-escalate tensions at the polls.”