A Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the billionaire, court papers said.
Michael Steven Sandford, 20, who is charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on July 5, BBC reported.
Sandford had tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally.
The man said he was planning and trying to shoot Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, papers said.
A federal judge found Sandford, who appeared in court in shackles, to be a danger and risk of non-appearance.
When asked about Sand-ford’s arrest, a Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.”
Earlier on Monday, Trump fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who oversaw his triumph in the primary contests.
The US presidential election campaign of 2016 has been fringed with violence. Trump attracts protests almost everywhere he goes.
The tycoon often mocks the demonstrators and there have been clashes with his supporters, both inside and outside of his packed, emotionally charged rallies.