Man rushing Trump stage has ties to WSU flag demonstration

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — The man arrested at Saturday’s Donald Trump Rally at the Dayton International Airport is the same man who led a demonstration at Wright State University in April 2015.

Thomas DiMassimo, 32, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and inducing panic when Donald Trump held a campaign rally inside the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar at the airport.

According to Dayton Police, they saw DiMassimo running toward the stage where Donald Trump was speaking. Police and Secret Service agents took the man to the floor. DiMassimo was escorted to a nearby airport police cruiser. Police said DiMassimo told them he was going to urinate in the cruiser if they didn’t let him out. Several special agents took him outside to go to the bathroom.

As he was being booked into jail, DiMassimo told police he had no intention of hurting anyone and thought he could jump the metal fence without being caught, according to the report. As soon as he jumped the fence and started towards the stage, police and agents jumped in and stopped him.

Officials said he told them he was planning to hop on stage, take the microphone and yell, “Donald Trump is a racist.” He reportedly told police he pre-planned the incident and gave his car keys to his girlfriend to take his car home before the rally.

According to the report, he told police he did an act similar about a year ago where he burned a flag.

In April 2015, DiMassimo attracted attention when he stood on top of an American flag on Wright State’s campus. Last spring, he told 2 NEWS he did it in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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