A person seen forcefully exhaling on two ladies exterior Donald Trump’s Virginia golf course has been charged with assault.
Raymond Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a non-public citizen obtained a warrant via a county Justice of the Peace, the Loudoun county sheriff’s workplace stated on Sunday. Deskins didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Video extensively shared on social media reveals Deskins blowing air on two unidentified ladies after considered one of them asks him to get away and factors out that he’s not sporting a masks amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s assault” one of many ladies stated afterwards.
“I breathed on you,” Deskins replied.
The state of Virginia mandates masks be worn in sure areas to cease the unfold of the coronavirus. Nonetheless they don’t seem to be required to be worn exterior.
The altercation occurred on Saturday exterior Trump nationwide golf membership, the place the president was taking part in. Protesters and supporters frequently collect exterior the membership’s entrance when he performs.
Deskins was sporting a Trump shirt and an inflatable pool tube with Trump’s likeness on it round his waist.
A number of members of the Loudoun county board of supervisors despatched a letter to legislation enforcement authorities on Sunday asking for a full investigation. The letter stated the 2 ladies had been protesting in opposition to the president exterior the golf membership.
The sheriff’s workplace stated the altercation was investigated on the scene however was not witnessed by legislation enforcement and the video didn’t seize its entirety.
The sheriff’s workplace stated it suggested the 2 events who stated they’d been assaulted that they may search a warrant via a county Justice of the Peace.