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(114,904 posts)
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:33 AM Jun 2016

The young Brit that tried to kill Trump the other day

I can't help but wonder if he thought he was stopping another Hitler. That led me to think about how easy it is to make momentous theoretical decisions based on hindsight and how difficult it is to make actual decisions in real time.

Authorities: UK man arrested at rally planned to kill Trump

A British man arrested at a weekend Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a police officer's gun so he could kill the presidential candidate after planning an assassination for about a year, according to authorities.

U.S. Secret Service agents said Michael Steven Sandford approached a Las Vegas police officer at the campaign stop to say he wanted Trump's autograph, but that he then tried to take the weapon.

A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Sandford, 20, with an act of violence on restricted grounds. He was denied bail during a court appearance later in the day. His court-appointed attorney said he was living out of his car and in the country illegally after overstaying a visa.

Sanford has not entered a plea.

The arrest happened relatively quietly at a campaign stop seen as peaceful compared to the mayhem at the presumptive Republican nominee's recent events in San Jose, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.



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The young Brit that tried to kill Trump the other day (Original Post) cali Jun 2016 OP
He planned for a year and the best he could come up with fasttense Jun 2016 #1
that makes sense. Who knows? cali Jun 2016 #2
As an illegal immigrant (he'd overstayed his visa), buying a gun might not have been easy muriel_volestrangler Jun 2016 #5
I'm still wondering why they don't allow guns in Trump rallies. Vinca Jun 2016 #3
Trumps habit Dorian Gray Jun 2016 #4
I have often Delphinus Jun 2016 #6
Or in the Capitol buildings frequented by Reps. and Sens. Vinca Jun 2016 #10
"Overstaying his visa" you mean he's an illegal immigrant? Odin2005 Jun 2016 #7
Damn! A WHITE 'illegal immigrant'? Do they get a yuuuuuge wall, too? pampango Jun 2016 #8
the Trump=Hitler rhetoric Angel Martin Jun 2016 #9


(17,301 posts)
1. He planned for a year and the best he could come up with
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:39 AM
Jun 2016

Was to attempt to grab a gun from the police?

Here in the US where guns are everywhere, his plan was to grab a gun off a cop?

I don't believe this guy was serious. He may have wanted Trump dead but he really had no plan to kill him.


(101,464 posts)
5. As an illegal immigrant (he'd overstayed his visa), buying a gun might not have been easy
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:58 AM
Jun 2016

Steal a gun somewhere else and you might get caught then. You might get searched on the way in to the event.

I suppose it depends on what you mean by 'serious'. Some would say that wanting to kill someone is the 'serious' thing, not his chances of success.


(50,355 posts)
3. I'm still wondering why they don't allow guns in Trump rallies.
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:44 AM
Jun 2016

If you worship the gun you should feel comfortable standing in front of thousands of armed "supporters."

Dorian Gray

(13,549 posts)
4. Trumps habit
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:50 AM
Jun 2016

of talking out of one side of his mouth while saying something completely different is always in effect.

I was wondering if the idea of being assassinated would be something that might make him quit.


(53,521 posts)
7. "Overstaying his visa" you mean he's an illegal immigrant?
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 08:31 AM
Jun 2016

Oh wait, I forgot, that term is only for brown people...

Angel Martin

(942 posts)
9. the Trump=Hitler rhetoric
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 09:30 AM
Jun 2016

inflames marginal wackos to think they can be an assassin/hero who will save the earth from another WW2, Holocaust etc.

The other question is: who knows what the consequences of assassination are ?

If an ultra-nationalist Germany ends up with a dictator like Reinhard Heydrich instead of Hitler, would the world be safer or even more perilous ?

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