DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami Valley man who rushed Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s stage on Saturday is giving his side of the story.
Before jumping over a fence toward’s Trump’s podium, 32-year-old Thomas DiMassimo told CNN’s Martin Savidge what was going through his mind.
“I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully. He is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things. He’s making bold claims,” DiMassimo said.
At Trump’s rally Saturday, the protester said he felt it was his turn to be bold and was determined to get to the platform but was quickly stopped by Secret Service.
“I in no way harmed anyone, intended to harm anyone,” DiMassimo said.
According to the police report, one agent broke his nose during the arrest.
On Sunday, DiMassimo explained what he wanted to do.
“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 in the country who wouldn’t consider themselves racists who wouldn’t consider themselves approving of what type of violence Donald Trump is allowing at his rallies and send them a message that we can be strong,” he said.
Hours after his attempt, Trump tweeted a video featuring DiMassimo. Claiming he has ties to ISIS and should be in jail.
DiMassimo denies those claims.
“I’m not a member of ISIS. I have no known ties to ISIS. I’ve never been out of the country, I only speak English. I am a student. I am a concerned citizen. I’m a protester. That’s about it,” he said.
DiMassimo was released from jail late Saturday night. He’s expected to face his charges in Montgomery county court on Monday.