Thomas DiMassimo, the 22-year-old man who bull-rushed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump at his Ohio campaign rally on Saturday, voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (R-VT) in Georgia.
“When asked who he voted for, DiMassimo said he voted for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. He voted in Georgia. DiMassimo said several times his support for Sanders did not prompt the stunt,” CNN reported on Sunday after DiMassimo sat down for an exclusive interview with the network.
He said he didn’t plan to hurt the real estate mogul but wanted to send a message to Trump, who he called a “bully.”
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, after rushing the stage, was charged with two misdemeanors, He also denied being tied to the Islamic States (ISIS), which Trump alleged later Saturday night.