Citing Apparent Internet Hoax, Trump Insists Protester Has ISIS Ties – Huffington Post
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continued to insist Sunday that a protester who’d tried to rush the stage at his campaign rally the day before had ties to the Islamic State militant group, citing an Internet video that appears to be a hoax.
The protester, identified as Thomas DiMassimo, attempted to rush the stage at a Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic.
Not long afterward, Trump claimed on Twitter that “the maniac running to the stage… has ties to ISIS.”
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Trump was asked by host Chuck Todd whether he had gone “over the top” in making the ISIS accusation. Trump replied that he hadn’t.
“No, no, no, no, he was,” Trump said. “If you look on the Internet, if you look at clips, he was waving an American flag… He was walking, dragging the American flag on the ground.”