Donald Trump said that the barrier jumper who disrupted his Dayton, Ohio area rally Saturday could be attached to the Islamic State.
The moment the jumper crashed the barrier, Secret Service agents jumped into action to protect the Republican presidential candidate.
Thomas Dimassimo, 22, is a former child actor with roles on the TV shows “Yes, Dear,” “Reno 911!,” and “House of Payne.” He hails from Georgia and has a history of demonstrating, having taken part in protests against the American flag and the Confederate flag. His mother is an Atlanta public official, according to Heavy.com.
Dimassimo was led off by authorities and charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct.
USSS did an excellent job stopping the maniac running to the stage. He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail! https://t.co/tkzbHg7wyD?ssr=true
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
He also talked of the incident at his next rally, in Kansas City, Missouri.
“It was probably ISIS or ISIS-related,” Trump told his supporters. “They find the guy is playing all sorts of, just– let’s say music that you wouldn’t be liking, dragging an American flag along the sidewalk, making all sorts of gestures … and he’s probably or possibly ISIS-related.”
However, a video describing Dimassimo as an Islamic State sympathizer appears to be a hoax perpetrated by a troll, Heavy.com reported.
He took part in an American flag protest at Dayton’s Wright State University last year, in which video captured him dragging the flag on the ground and standing on it with another student.
That video was used by a Dimassimo troll to produce the hoax video depicting him in sympathy with the terror group, according to Heavy.com.
Here’s that video:
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