Tim Kaine's Youngest Son Arrested in Minnesota After Riot at Trump Rally

March 8, 2017

The youngest son of Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) was arrested Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota after protesters disrupted a pro-Donald Trump rally at the State Capitol.

Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot during the "March 4 Trump" rally, according to the Pioneer Press.

Four others were arrested along with Kaine, a Minneapolis resident, for the same reason, while one person was cited for disorderly conduct. The arrests came after anti-Trump protesters disrupted a demonstration in support of the president with air horns, whistles, chants, and at least one smoke bomb.

Skirmishes broke out between demonstrators and security guards, and someone sprayed chemical irritant into the crowd, according to the Pioneer Press.

There were about 400 Trump supporters and 50 counter-protesters present, Minnesota State Patrol estimated.

Kaine, whose father was Hillary Clinton's running mate during the 2016 presidential election, was released from Ramsey County jail on Tuesday pending further investigation, and no charges were filed against him or the four others reportedly involved in the protest.

Sen. Kaine, a St. Paul native, released a statement to the Pioneer Press expressing support for his children.

"We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues," the former Democratic vice presidential candidate said. "They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully."

St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders said after Linwood Kaine was detained he "turned around and squared up to fight with the officer."

"The officer was able to place Mr. Kaine under arrest and take him to the Ramsey County jail for booking," said Linders, who added that the officer had to use "some force" to arrest the senator's son.

Linders added that Kaine was seen with four people who lit fireworks inside the Capitol, and police are investigating whether Kaine himself lit any devices.

Linwood Kaine, who goes by "Woody," did not respond to a voicemail left for him by the Pioneer Press.