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Arrested for Rioting, Tim Kaine’s Son Deviates from Father’s Example

Three police officers and pepper spray were required to subdue Kaine’s youngest son, who was arrested for rioting at a pro-Trump rally.

Tim Kaine Son Arrest

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken former running rate, did not pass along his easygoing demeanor to his youngest son, according to a St. Paul Pioneer Press story. The youngest Kaine was arrested for setting off fireworks amid a pro-Donald Trump rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday.

Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the “March 4 Trump” rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they disrupted the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb.

Linwood Kaine, a Minneapolis resident who attended Carleton College and goes by Woody, resisted arrest when confronted by officers outside the Capitol grounds, according to a St. Paul police spokesman. He was released from the Ramsey County jail on Tuesday morning pending further investigation, law enforcement officials said.

Senator Kaine’s office released a statement Tuesday night that read, in part: “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.”

But the actions of Woody Kaine and his co-rioters undercut Sen. Kaine’s remarks. A 61-year-old woman was hit in the head with a smoke bomb. When police intervened, Kaine and his accomplices attempted to flee. Then this scene unfolded:

An officer ordered a man, later identified as Linwood Kaine, to get on the ground. He refused, Linders said.

“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,” Linders said Wednesday. Another officer arrived and sprayed a chemical irritant toward Kaine.

“He then 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,” Linders continued. “After the strike, Mr. Kaine cooperated and was taken into custody without further incident.”

Compare that to the stories Sen. Kaine told on the campaign trail in 2016 about his time in Honduras as a Jesuit missionary. Kaine’s peaceful approach to social justice in the 1980s are a far cry from the kind of violence his son, now two years older than his father was when he first went abroad, displayed on Saturday:

Mr. Kaine was a young Catholic at a crossroads, undergoing a spiritual shift as he awakened to the plight of the deeply poor in Honduras. In its far-flung pueblos, banana plantation company towns and dusty cities, Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology, that championed social change to improve the lives of the downtrodden.

It appears the apple has fallen far from the Tim Kaine tree.