Donald Trump: He'll ‘look into’ paying legal defense of elderly brawler

Violence at presidential campaign rallies was all the rage – literally – on Sunday morning talk shows. Topping it all was billionaire Donald Trump, on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” saying he may pick up the legal expenses of a man who sucker-punched a protestor at a North Carolina event:

From the transcript:

Then there’s this, from the AJC’s Dan Klepal:

The man who rushed the stage Saturday at a Donald Trump rally in Ohio is the the son of Faye DiMassimo, former Cobb County transportation director who left that job in November to become administrator of Atlanta’s infrastructure bond program.

Thomas DiMassimo, 22, was arrested Saturday on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and inducing panic, according to The Dayton Daily News.

The newspaper reported that Secret Service and other security officers “swarmed Dimassimo as he reached the back of the stage and tried to scramble up, about 8 to 10 feet from where the Republican front-runner was speaking to a large crowd” in a hangar near the airport.

Anne Torres, communications director for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, declined to comment Saturday night on the arrest.

“This inquiry is a personal matter unrelated to Faye’s work with the administration,” she said. “We are not in a position to comment.”

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.