The son of Hillary Clinton’s running mate is accused of participating in rioting at a March4Trump rally in Minnesota.
According to CNN, Linwood Michael Kaine, the son of Tim Kaine, was one of five people arrested at the Minnesota State Capitol on March 5.
“It took three cops and a chemical spray to subdue the youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine,” The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Kaine goes by the nickname “Woody.”
Anti Trump protesters deluged the March4Trump events throughout the country. The events were scheduled in support of the president.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Kaine Is Accused of Setting Off Fireworks Inside the Capitol Building
CNN reported that Kaine was one of several people who “allegedly chanted and lit fireworks inside the Capitol’s rotunda.” When officers approached those setting off fireworks, “the people ran in different directions,” The Pioneer Press reported.
According to NBC News, the Minnesota State Patrol said the incident started when “approximately 300 Trump supporters were rallying before the scuffle broke out” and approximately “50 anti-Trump protesters started a big fight in our rotunda area.”
According to The New York Post, “demonstrators blew whistles and airhorns while one allegedly threw a smoke bomb into the crowd — striking a 61-year-old woman in the head.”
2. Kaine Was Arrested on Suspicion of Rioting but Released & Allegedly Resisted Arrest
It’s not clear whether Kaine will face charges over the incident. CNN reported that Kaine, 24, “was held in the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rioting but was released” and the incident is still under investigation.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Kaine, who lives in Minneapolis, “resisted arrest when confronted by officers outside the Capitol grounds.” (Tim Kaine is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, according to the newspaper.)
Police told the Pioneer Press of Linwood Kaine: “The officer was able to get ahold of Mr. Kaine, but he got up, squared off with the officer and the officer tried to take him to the ground again.” He was then sprayed with pepper spray and “was taken to the ground, but continued to resist, at which point another officer deployed a knee strike to get him to cooperate with the officers and put his hands behind his back,” police said, according to the Minnesota newspaper.
If any charges are filed, they would be misdemeanors, according to The New York Post.
3. Tim Kaine & His Wife Urged Their Children to Protest ‘Peacefully’
In a statement to CNN, the Kaines said: “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”
4. Kaine Is One of Tim Kaine’s Three Children
Tim Kaine is married to Anne Holton, who is the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton.
The couple married on November 24, 1984 at St. E’s altar, a year after Kaine graduated from Harvard with a Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Virginia bar. The Kaines eventually settled in Richmond, and still live in the same Northside neighborhood where they moved as newlyweds more than 30 years ago.
Kaine and Anne have three children: sons Nat and Woody and daughter Annella. All three attended Richmond public schools. According to NBC News, Nat Kaine, 26, is a Marine and Annella studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
5. Woody Attended a Minnesota College & Tim Kaine Expressed Concern About the Demands of Politics on Family
Tim Kaine’s father, Al, expressed concern over the lifestyle that comes with a political career, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
“I feel concerned for his children,” Al Kaine said in 2005. “Anne comes from a political family, so it’s not new to her, but it’s new to the children. … It’s sort of a lonely life. I hope that he will remain himself and that he can deal with the celebrity status.”
Tim Kaine almost dropped out of his bid for lieutenant governor of Virginia over similar concerns.
He told the Virginian-Pilot at that time, “I was driving with Anne one day with the kids and I remember thinking, ‘Geez, what if I win and then I run for governor and win? This is nine years now that I’m laying out, and at the end of nine years Nat’s going to be in college. Woody will be a year away from college. Annella will be in high school. I’ve already missed an awful lot of time with them.’”
Woody was born in 1992. When his father became governor, he was 13. He was likely named after his grandfather, Abner Linwood “Woody” Holton III. Woody has stayed mostly out of the spotlight. He attended Carleton College in Minnesota, a private liberal school.
In 2013, Virginia’s Executive Mansion’s Facebook page shared that one day, while filming John Adams, Tom Hanks had cocktails with the Kaine family. He spent a lot of time talking with Woody about Charlie Wilson’s War and its underlying message.