A rally for Donald Trump that was organized near Dayton OH was marred by a protester who tried to take the stage as the Republican frontrunner spoke today. When a commotion began in the crowd behind Trump as he spoke from a dais in an airport hangar, Secret Service jumped onto the stage and formed a protective wall around him.
The campaign said afterwards that the man, who has been identified as Thomas Dimassimo, 32, had attempted to penetrate the security buffer around Trump, but “was removed rapidly and professionally."
Dimassimo has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to a statement by the airport police. The assailant leaped over bike racks and then attempted to climb onto the stage where Trump spoke. He is now in custody at the Montgomery County jail in Dayton. The airport police chief stated that Dimassimo may have hurled a bottle at the beginning of the incident. A Secret Service agent was slightly injured in the affray.
When the suspect was kicked out, the audience chanted “Trump! Trump!” Apparently unmoved, Trump said "I was ready for him, but it's much easier if the cops do it." Earlier during the rally, when Trump noticed some protesters, he called on the crowd to “kick them the hell out.”
Trump continued his barnstorming travels through Ohio, having scheduled stops in Cleveland and Cincinnati.
This came less than a day after Trump’s campaign cancelled a rally in Chicago where 11,000 supporters were expected. Fights broke out when supporters of Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter movement infiltrated the gathering and began shouting “F—k Trump,” among other chants.
Trump told listeners in Ohio that the event was shut down because he "didn't want to see anybody get hurt" at the abortive rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Five people were arrested and as many as four police officers were injured in Chicago. "All of a sudden, a planned attack just came out of nowhere," Trump said of the protesters, whom he accused of carrying signs "printed by people that were professional people ... very professionally done. A disgrace, if you want to know the truth." He noted that many of them apparently support “communist” Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the nomination by the Democratic Party along with Hillary Clinton.
The protesters were "bad people," Trump said today. "These are people who truly don't want to see our country great again."
Trump’s Republican rival, Sen. Marco Rubio took him to task today with the warning that, if the New Yorker is nominated by the party at this summer’s GOP convention, violence "is what the Republican Party's going to be defined. Rubio said, “This is what a culture and a society looks like when everyone goes around saying whatever the heck they want." Rubio said, "The result is, it all breaks down. It's called chaos. It's called anarchy. And that's what we're careening towards."