Thomas DiMassimo, 22, the man who attempted to rush the stage at Donald Trump’s campaign event in Ohio on Saturday says that the GOP presidential front-runner is nothing more than a bully and a coward.
Thomas DiMassimo, was arrested for disorderly conduct and inducing panic after he vaulted over the nearly waist-high railings to break through Trump’s security staff and get on stage with the billionaire at his event in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday. More after the cut…
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, DiMassimo, of Fairborn, explained why he decided to interrupt 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,’ he told CNN.
DiMassimo, who is a former child actor, said that the was not planning on physically attacking the businessman if he had been able to reach him on stage.
‘No, not at all. There would have been no point. Donald Trump is 6 foot 3. I’m 5 foot 9 maybe,’ DiMassimo told CNN. ‘He’s a giant man surrounded by thousands of followers, 12 Secret Service and a former Ohio State offensive lineman. That would have accomplished nothing.’
DiMassimo also said that he thinks Trump is a bully and an opportunist.
‘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,’ he told CNN. ‘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 reportedly told police he planned to grab the microphone and yell that Trump is a racist but didn’t intend to hurt anyone.
As soon as DiMassimo was released from jail on bail, he tweeted ‘@realDonaldTrump I spit in my hand before I shook yours at the beginning of the rally’.
The Dayton Daily News reports that it has obtained a police report that says DiMassimo told officers that he’d given his car keys to his girlfriend at Saturday’s rally anticipating that he’d be arrested. DiMassimo has a history of demonstrating as he previously caused an uproar by standing on top of the American flag and is accused of burning the Confederate flag last year.
He was quickly swarmed by security officers and Secret Service at the Dayton International Airport, but not before startling the billionaire businessman who stopped his speech.
‘I was ready for him, but it’s much easier if the cops do it, don’t we agree?’ Trump said.
Before attending the rally, DiMassimo, who goes by @Younglionking7 on Twitter, wrote about his plans to disrupt the event.
‘Currently in line for the rally. Currently never been more scared in my life,’ he wrote Saturday on Twitter at 3.23am.
‘If I can get good thoughts and prayers from my TL (timeline) it would be much appreciated,’ DiMassimo wrote Saturday at 7.37am.