Request for Investigation | Man coughs on protesters

A man wearing a Trump pool float around his waist was seen on video coughing on two protesters outside of Trump National Golf Course Nov. 21 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A man was arrested Nov. 22 after allegedly assaulting two people during a verbal argument outside Trump National Golf Club in Sterling the day before, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Video circulated on social media after Raymond Deskins, 61, of Sterling, allegedly forcefully blew air on two unidentified women outside the golf course, which is at 20391 Lowes Island Blvd.

Deskins wore a Donald Trump shirt and an inflatable pool tube bearing the president’s likeness around his waist, according to news reports.

According to authorities, law enforcement did not witness the incident and the video did not capture the whole interaction, so the LCSO conducted an investigation on the scene, during which both parties were advised to seek a citizen-obtained warrant from a Loudoun County magistrate.

Deputies served a warrant to Deskins Sunday and charged him with misdemeanor assault, and he was later reportedly released on a summons.

Four members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors have requested an investigation into the incident.

“We are in a hundred-year, highly contagious, worldwide pandemic of a deadly virus that has killed more than 250,000 Americans,” a letter from Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and supervisors Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian) and Mike Turner (D-Ashburn) to Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) and Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj (D) reads. “All of the Loudoun County numbers are headed in the wrong direction. Science has confirmed, and it has been widely reported, that wearing a mask is a very effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Conversely, not wearing one and not socially distancing, is clearly irresponsible. Willfully coughing in someone’s face is clearly dangerous.”

Twitter user @DougChristianDC shared the video, has gained thousands of views.

(5) comments

jke

Another day another 35 Trump rally people and not a single incident. Could it be because activist Kathy was not there goading people,

YES!

jke

He didn't spit, he didn't get arrested, he didn't get fingerprinted, he didn't get handcuffed, he didn't get put in the back of sheriffs go and go to jail yet you want to change the meaning of the word arrested to suit your purpose. Until he exhaled everyone enjoyed the Trump float kinda like when the baby Trump when it showed up in costume. Poor behavior but lets not put Kathy on a pedestal she goads rallyers until she gets a reaction most of us know enough to ignore this poor excuse for a painter. As far as the supervisors chimeing in do they have another 3 cent property tax increase to gouge us with, how about a ticket price tax, maybe a new cigarette tax not enough, they will tax plastic bags use until you complain about the deforestation paper bags will cause. We have those who do not use a dictionary and those who elected but having a spending problem not to mention a failing school system.

jke

Briskman brings a motion for a gas masks mandate seconded by Turner!

jbsets

Let's say it's before the days of covid. If a stranger came up to you or your family and coughed or blew in your face, would you be okay with that? What about if someone spit on you? Aren't all of those things gross and disgusting? Now we have covid and people do this like it's ok, and people defend them. How can that be?

jke

Randall would of requested the National Guard if Deskinks had passed wind!

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