President Donald Trump decided Tuesday morning that he’d disseminate a bogus conspiracy theory that the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York, last week was working for “Antifa.”
Martin Gugino was violently pushed to the ground and wound up hospitalized when a member of the Buffalo police pushed him violently, resulting in Gugino falling to the concrete and leaving him bleeding from a head wound:
Two of the officers seen in the video — Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe — have been charged with assault, and Gugino remains hospitalized.
However, despite the obvious visual evidence, Trump decided he’d smear Gugino by promoting a story he saw on far-right “news” network One America News (OANN):
Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020
Do Trump or OANN have a shred of evidence to suggest Gugino was working for Antifa? If so, neither have bothered to share it with the public.
It didn’t take long for social media to react with horror and anger over Trump’s attempt to slag a Gugino:
So his head cracking on the pavement was his own doing? You are delusional.
— Shannon is in FIGHT MODE (@Katpa73) June 9, 2020
Wow. Just wow.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) June 9, 2020
You are a sociopath.
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) June 9, 2020
You are an evil horror. A blight and a stain on the nation state. Every tweet from you is proof of you being immorality embodied. Orange devil.
— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) June 9, 2020
Licensed ham here – radio waves travel – that’s how they work. There’s nothing you would “scan” there at 10ft that you couldn’t scan from 100 yards away or more.
Ask your FCC instead of posting stupid shit like this, unless you are TRYING TO LIE AGAIN!#EnemyOfThePeople
— Dave Brown (@TheDaveInRI) June 9, 2020
75 year old technology mastermind in upstate New York smashes own skull on concrete as part of plan to make President look bad.
— Austan Goolsbee (@Austan_Goolsbee) June 9, 2020
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