Trump on Smearing Protester with Hoax Video: ‘All I Know Is What’s on the Internet’
Donald Trump once again today just shrugged off the fact that he pushed an incredibly false smear against someone.
Things got a little chaotic at a Trump rally yesterday when protesters tried to rush the stage. One of the protesters, Thomas Dimassimo, was arrested by Secret Service.
In response, Trump posted video on Twitter alleging that he “has ties to ISIS”:
USSS did an excellent job stopping the maniac running to the stage. He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail! https://t.co/tkzbHg7wyD?ssr=true
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
There’s just one problem: it’s a hoax.
[T]he alleged ISIS video actually appears to have been cobbled together from old footage in an attempt to troll Dimassimo…
That footage, however, appears to be lifted from a video Dimassimo himself seems to have posted to YouTube. Dimassimo’s video lacks the music and images typical of ISIS productions. The description also states that the protest was done in solidarity with Eric Sheppard, a Valdosta State University student who made headlines in 2015 for standing on an American flag.
So basically the ISIS ties thing was a complete fabrication. And Trump picked up on it.
Chuck Todd grilled Trump on it on Meet the Press this morning, repeatedly informing the GOP frontrunner it’s a hoax. Trump seemed not to care, talking about how awful it is that Dimassimo was dragging the American flag on the ground (which, again, is explained above).
But then Trump just literally said, “What do I know about it? All I know is what’s on the internet.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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