The protester who charged the stage at a Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump won't say what he came to 'regret' Nigel Farage: Brexit shows polls don't matter Amazon hires antitrust lobbyist MORE rally in Ohio on Saturday is refuting the Republican presidential candidate’s claims that he is associated with ISIS.
“I am not a member of ISIS. I have no known ties to ISIS. I’ve never been out of the country. I only speak English,” the 22-year-old said, adding that he is a Christian.
DiMassimo tried to rush the stage but was quickly blocked by Secret Service agents. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to CNN.
In a tweet after the rally, Trump accused DiMassimo of having ties to ISIS. The tweet included a doctored video.
“[U.S. Secret Service] did an excellent job stopping the maniac running to the state. He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail!,” Trump said.
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
When Trump was confronted on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the hoax video, he chalked it up to: “All I know is what’s on the Internet.”
DiMassio told CNN he charged the stage because he wanted to send a message.
“I was thinking that I could … 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 … stand up against Donald Trump and against this new wave he’s ushering in of truly just violent white supremacist ideas,” he said.