White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany eagerly defended President Donald Trump’s disgusting Twitter attack on an elderly Buffalo, New York, man who was violently pushed to the ground by police officers, claiming that Martin Gugino, who Trump slagged as an “ANTIFA agitator,” had sent out “some very questionable tweets.”
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” McEnany was asked by co-host Brian Kilmeade:
“Could you expand on that? Does the president think that this guy is part of Antifa?”
“The president was raising questions based on a report that he saw, questions that need to be asked and every case we can’t jump on one side without looking at all of the facts at play.
“This individual has some very questionable tweets, some profanity-laden tweets about police officers. Of course no on condones any sort of violence. We need the appropriate amount of force used in any interaction, but there are a lot of questions in that case.”
Profanity-laden tweets? The president has sent his share of those out, too. Does that mean he should be physically assaulted?
A few minutes later, McEnany tried to do damage control, insisting that her boss has been deeply “upset” by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis:
“The president has acknowledged so many times and rightfully so the injustice with George Floyd. He was upset when he saw that video as I noted he gave an entire speech about Mr. Floyd and the grave injustice there, but the president was raising some questions, some legitimate ones about that particular interaction and it’s his prerogative to do so.”
On Tuesday, Trump sent out this tweet regarding Martin Gugino, setting off a wave or revulsion and anger on social media:
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
The Hill reports that while most Congressional Republicans refused to comment on the president’s tweet, a couple of GOP Senators did make remarks:
“Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, called it ‘shocking.’
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who recently said she is struggling with whether to support Trump in November, appeared exasperated by the tweet.
“’Again, why would you fan the flames?’ she asked.”
Why? Because that’s what Trump always does. It’s his modus operandi, and like a child, he won’t stop unless the penalty for doing so outweighs the perverse joy he gets from his rantings.
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