CNN interviewed the guy who attempted to jump Donald Trump in Dayton, Ohio last week – giving him a platform to throw insults at the GOP frontrunner, despite the fact that he admitted he wanted to kill Trump.
Thomas Dimassimo, the guy who jumped the security fence and got close to Trump before being apprehended, had declared on Twitter that he wanted to “be a martyr” and posted an emoji of gun.
Appearing on CNN, Dimassimo, an admitted Bernie Sanders supporter, said he rushed the stage because “Donald Trump is a bully.”
He was then given a platform on national TV to spew vitriol at Trump:
“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 frothed.
“I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that,” DiMassimo said. “He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things, he’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that and I can see that he’s truly just a coward. And he’s opportunistic and he’s willing to destroy this country for power for himself.”
When asked whether it was his intention to attack Trump, Dimassimo denied that was ever his plan.
“Donald Trump is 6 foot 3. I’m 5 foot 9, maybe. He’s a giant man surrounded by thousands of followers, 12 Secret Service and a former Ohio State offensive lineman. That would have accomplished nothing.”
“It was more important for me to show that there are people out there who aren’t afraid of Donald Trump. He says scary things. He lets his people do scary things. He’s threatened Mexico, Islam, you name it, and yet I’m unafraid.” Dimassimo claimed.
While denouncing violence at Trump rallies, CNN interviewed Dimassimo. The hypocrisy did not go unnoticed:
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
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
CNN is rewarding DiMassimo's lawbreaking by giving him a NATIONAL TV PLATFORM to air his views. This is beyond reprehensible. It's dangerous
— MAGA TBH FAM (@TrumpHat) March 13, 2016
#CNN is interviewing the violent Dayton, Ohio protestor, Tommy DiMassimo. They're not shaming him for shaming democracy.
— Ali A. Akbar (@ali) March 13, 2016
— Silent Majority (@michael_favreau) March 13, 2016
CNN put a man on TV who admitted he wanted to kill Trump.https://t.co/KAnF3XRnQZ
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) 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
DiMassimo, a Wright State University student, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. He is scheduled in court this Wednesday, March 16th.
Trump has received a deluge of death threats in recent months. His close friend Roger Stone recently revealed that Trump wears a bullet proof vest at all public appearances.