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Protester Who Rushed Donald Trump Stage NOT With ISIS: 'Propaganda Video' Faked!

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sun, 13 Mar 2016 02:02:53 Z)

Donald Trump claimed at his Kansas City rally Saturday night that the man who rushed his stage in Dayton, Ohio, earlier Saturday was "probably or possibly ISIS related," however, Lead Stories has closely examined the evidence and concluded that is not true.

Trump attributed the claim to his campaign's Internet staff. Their conclusion was apparently based on a YouTube video that shows the man -- who police identified as Tommy Dimassimo -- in a "Black Lives Matter" protest a year ago on the Wright State University campus.

The video shared by Trump supporters opens with a photo of Dimassimo appearing to hold an assault weapon with the black ISIS flag in the background. Careful examination indicates the photo of Dimassimo was photoshopped and not authentic.

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The video description on the YouTube page was mostly written in arabic text. When Lead Stories translated it, we discovered it ridiculed Dimassimo, including references to his manhood. Whoever posted it was not a fan of Dimassimo. And it was not produced by ISIS.

Here is how Google translates the text:

Tommy D is just a goof perfusion mother poof else is trying to be cool and fit bag . It is believed that by standing on the American flag Bible that it would be
A big man and has only Kberholknhithbt testicles to his penis

In fact, the video was a reproduction of a video that was uploaded to Dimassimo's YouTube account on April 29, 2015 titled "Not My Flag." In the video, he is seen dragon an American flag across campus. He and other protesters are seen walking on flags.

Dimassimo is seen arguing with a "pro flag protester."

The original sound, however, was removed for the "ISIS" version and replaced with arabic music similar to what is heard in authentic ISIS propaganda videos.

The fake ISIS video has been made private and is no longer viewable on YouTube. Dimassimo's original is still available.

Other than the fake ISIS video, there has been no other evidence brought forward to support Trump's claim that Dimassimo is "ISIS related."

Dimassimo was released on bond after being charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct.

To see videos of the incident, see this story.

About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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