At a Trump rally in Ohio on Saturday, security tackled a man attempting to rush the stage. The man, Thomas DiMassimo, was charged with disorderly conduct and inducing panic. Donald Trump tweeted that afternoon that the man “had ties to ISIS.”
Later that night, at a rally in St. Louis, Trump told the crowd: “It was probably ISIS or ISIS-related. Do you believe it?…the guy is playing all sorts of, let’s say music that you wouldn’t be liking, dragging an American flag along the sidewalk, making all sorts of gestures, having all sorts of things on the Internet. And he’s probably or possibly ISIS-related.”
A quick look at the video entitled Tommy Hates America shows this to be a ridiculous statement. It shows DiMassimo and others dragging an American flag and protesting while religious Islamic music plays, though an article in the Chicago Tribune describes this video as “incontrovertibly fake.” It originally appeared in a longer version called “Students at Wright State University #NotMyFlag protest” shown here without the Arabic writing or religious music:
Author of the book “ISIS: Inside the Army Of Terror” Hassan Hassan stated definitively to the Chicago Tribune that the video is “definitely not an ISIS video.” The video contains many uncovered women, men in shorts and tank tops and public displays of affection that would never be included in an ISIS video.
Donald Trump did not provide any further proof other than an obviously and poorly faked video. Again Trump uses his ignorance of ISIS to stir up his supporters and try to win political points.