Trump: Guy Who Rushed Me Is 'Probably ISIS-Related'

And future protesters should expect charges
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2016 7:07 AM CDT

Donald Trump's rallies are not for the faint of heart: After security concerns police later said were unfounded canceled one rally in Chicago, and the candidate was rushed by a protester the next day in Ohio, Trump offered up a theory on his would-be assailant at yet another rally Saturday in Kansas City, reports the Hill. "It was probably ISIS or ISIS-related," Trump told a rally later Saturday. "They find the guy is playing all sorts of, just—let's say music that you wouldn't be liking, dragging an American flag along the sidewalk, making all sorts of gestures ... and he's probably or possibly ISIS-related." It is, as the AP reports, "a 24-hour stretch that ... stands above" a GOP primary "filled with extraordinary moments," and which has "virtually no precedent in modern presidential politics.

The protester in question, the Hill notes, has been identified as Thomas Dimassimo, who has been charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. And future protesters should expect similar charges, Trump told the rally in Kansas City, reports the Heavy: "I hope these guys get thrown into a jail. They’ll never do it again, it’ll destroy their record. They’ll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record and why they can’t get a job. And you know what, I’m gonna start pressing charges against all these people. And then we won’t have a problem. ... I don’t want to ruin people’s lives. But the only way we’re gonna stop this craziness is if we press charges." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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