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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Throwing Water Balloons At Trump Supporters

April 05, 2019 - 1:18 pm
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GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - A young man who threw water balloons at supporters of President Donald Trump outside a Michigan rally has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, but says he might do it again.

Robert Dale Truax Jr. told Grand Rapids TV station WZZM that he "did what I had to do."

“Actions are going to be louder than words these days,’’ a grinning Truax said, following his appearance in Grand Rapids District Court. “Try to get three water balloons out this time. I only got out two.’’ 

Truax threw two water balloons at Trump supporters outside a Grand Rapids arena on March 28. No one was hurt, but Grand Rapids Sgt. Cathy Williams said the water balloons could have caused panic.

The 20-year-old Grand Rapids man said he was standing up for Trump's critics.

According to Grand Rapids Police, about 15,000 gathered downtown for the event, which the department characterized as "rather uneventful." 

There were two misdemeanor arrests, including that of Truax. 

"There was a wide range of opinions, expressions, and emotions, but all in all everyone was as respectful and tolerant of others as we could have hoped for," police added in a statement. "Fortunately, no one was injured and no force of any kind had to be used today."

The maximum penalty for creating a disturbance in a public place is 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. 

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