Thomas DiMassino, the 22-year-old protester who rushed the stage at a Dayton, Ohio, Donald Trump rally Saturday, had a clear goal in mind — to take the stage over from the Republican presidential front-runner who he calls a “bully” and a “coward.”
“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 Sunday.
If that was his goal, he never quite made it — he was quickly stopped by Secret Service agents who were there to protect the candidate.
Social media thought it hypocritical that CNN, which decries violence at Trump rallies, would choose DiMassino as an interview subject.
CNN decries violence by Trump supporters, then gives a voice to a violent radical leftist who tried to attack Trump https://t.co/Z5rxtBIO7O
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) March 13, 2016
@cameron_gray And this is a surprise how? Leftist media still in ecstasy and masterbating over Bill Ayers involvement.
— Kelly Marie (@therealkkm) March 14, 2016
— Jeffrey Knight (@JeffreyKnight1) March 13, 2016
— Bryan Black (@GoldRecSports) March 14, 2016
— Carole Gilman (@CaroleGilman) March 14, 2016
— David Miller (@DaveDavidMiller) March 13, 2016
CNN's actions tell crazies: Try to attack Trump and we'll give you a platform to reach millions. https://t.co/zQ4kP72oK1
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) March 14, 2016
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) March 14, 2016
So @CNN runs interview with Trump's assailant & promises to run more — his reward. Coming soon: interview with the assassin.
— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) March 13, 2016
THIS interview is inciting violence against Donald Trump. Attack Trump, get famous. Disgusting.https://t.co/ejYAkIdPHU
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) March 13, 2016
The Wright State University student was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. His next court date is Wednesday, March 16.
His interview via CNN.