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This video is from 2016.
On Nov. 5 that year, Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, was rushed off a rally stage by the Secret Service after someone shouted "gun." At the time, some of his supporters claimed Trump had survived an assassination attempt. A weapon was not found at the rally.
Former President Donald Trump is again running for the nation’s highest office, but there’s no evidence he survived a recent assassination attempt, despite a social media post suggesting otherwise.
The Facebook video, shared July 27, begins with a narrator saying, "This is a breaking news alert," and the caption reads: "Update on Donald Trump ‘assassination attempt’ in Reno."
In the footage, a man identifying himself as Gary Franchi with the Next News Network said he was providing "an update on the Donald Trump assassination attempt."
"New details have come to light as the dust has settled, revealing a very very tense election cycle," Franchi said.
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But the video is not "breaking news." It was originally posted Nov. 6, 2016, by the Next News Network, a conservative YouTube channel.
In the video, Franchi says the incident "started with this man," named Austyn Crites. That name and the location mentioned in the caption — Reno, Nevada — helped us identify the incident in question.
During a Nov. 5, 2016, campaign rally, Trump, then a presidential candidate, was rushed off the stage by the Secret Service. A few minutes later, he returned to the stage and resumed his speech.
It wasn’t immediately clear what happened, but Trump’s campaign and his son Donald Trump Jr. suggested that the candidate had survived an "assassination attempt." The claims continued even after the Secret Service released a statement that did not support the assertion.
"Immediately in front of the stage, an unidentified individual shouted ‘gun,’" the Secret Service said in a statement a few hours after the incident. "Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found."
In the days afterward, additional details painted a different picture.
"At one point during the rally, Austyn Crites, a registered Republican who is supporting Hillary Clinton, made his way towards the front of the crowd," read a CNN report. "He then silently held up a sign that read, ‘Republicans against Trump.’ A scuffle broke out as Trump supporters began pummeling him and attempted to rip the sign away."
Nevertheless, claims that Trump survived an assassination attempt in Reno persisted.
We rate the claim that there was a recent attempt to assassinate Trump in Reno, Nevada, False.
Facebook post, July 27, 2023
The Washington Post, Trump rushed off stage in Reno by security, but quickly returns, Nov. 6, 2016
CNN, Reality Check: No assassination attempt, Nov. 7, 2016
The Washington Post, Trump campaign isn’t apologizing for suggesting Reno scene was assassination attempt, Nov. 6, 2016
YouTube video, Nov. 6, 2016
NBC News, Trump rushed off Reno stage after someone yells 'gun,' No weapon found, Nov. 6, 2016
Reuters, Secret Service says no weapon was found in Trump incident, Nov. 5, 2016
The Guardian, Trump rally protester: I was beaten for a 'Republicans against Trump' sign, Nov. 6, 2016
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