Thomas DiMassimo, the man who tried to rush Donald Trump’s stage in Ohio over the weekend wanted to make a statement, but had no intention of attacking the Republican Presidential candidate front-runner, Donald Trump.
“I was thinking that I could get up on stage and take his podium away from him and take his mic away from him and send a message to all people out in the country who wouldn’t consider themselves racist, who wouldn’t consider themselves approving of what type of violence Donald Trump is allowing in his rallies, and send them a message that we can be strong, that we can find our strength and we can stand up against Donald Trump and against this new wave he’s ushering in of truly just violent white supremacist ideas,” DiMassimo told CNN.
However, the alert Secret Service officers and members of Trump’s security detail rushed to thwart the move by DiMassimo in reaching to the stage.
After some anxious moments, the GOP front-runner, who was visibly startled, gave thumbs-up and thanked the cheering crowd for warning him.
DiMassimo, 22, of Fairborn, Ohio, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. ”
“I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things, he’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that and I can see that he’s truly just a coward. And he’s opportunistic and he’s willing to destroy this country for power for himself,” DiMassimo said.
DiMassimo also told CNN that he wanted to show the Donald that there were people out there who were not afraid of him.
“He says scary things. He lets his people do scary things. He’s threatened Mexico, Islam, you name it, and yet I’m unafraid. And if I can be unafraid enough to go take his podium away from him, then we all can be (un)afraid enough to not let this man walk into the White House,” DiMassimo argued.
When asked whether he was a Christian, he said he was.
“I am not a member of ISIS. I have no known ties to ISIS. I’ve never been out of the country. I only speak English,” DiMassimo said.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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