A man from Sterling, Virginia was charged with misdemeanor assault after he blew on two women outside of the Trump National Golf Club on Saturday afternoon, according to police.
Raymond Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a private citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. Deskins was released on summons.
A video of the incident was first reported by Fox 5, which shows Deskins arguing with two women before walking closer to them and huffing an exaggerated breath in their direction.
It happened after one of the women asks him to get away and points out that he is not wearing a mask. Virginia mandates masks be worn in certain locations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but they are not required to be worn outside.
Virginia mandates masks be worn in certain locations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but they are not required to be worn outside.
The altercation happened Saturday outside Trump National Golf Club, where the president was playing. Protestors and supporters regularly gather outside the club’s entrance when he plays.
Deskin was wearing a Trump shirt and an inflatable pool tube with Trump’s likeness on it around his waist.
Several members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to law enforcement authorities Sunday asking for a full investigation. The letter said the two women had been protesting the president outside the golf club.
The sheriff’s office said the altercation was investigated at the scene but was not witnessed by law enforcement and the video did not capture its entirety. The sheriff’s office said it advised the two parties who said they’d been assaulted that they could seek a warrant through a county magistrate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.