US President Donald Trump claimed that the 75-year-old protester, who was injured as a result of the police pushing the ground in the Floyd protests and is still being treated in the hospital, is a member of Antifa who set a trap for the police. Trump’s claim that ‘the incident was a phony’ drew a reaction.
WALL – US President Donald Trump claimed that the 75-year-old demonstrator who was bleeding and was hospitalized after being dropped by the police during the George Floyd protests last week in New York state was a ‘trap’ to the police. Trump also suggested that Martin Gugino, 75, was a member of the anti-fascist Antifa movement, while he did not provide any evidence for this claim.
“The Buffalo-pushed Buffalo activist could be an ANTIFA provocateur,” Trump said on Twitter, saying that he watched the incident in Buffalo, New York, on the right-wing One America News Network (OANN). Claiming that 75-year-old Martin Gugino interfered with police equipment, Trump said, “I watched the incident at OANN, it fell harder than it was pushed … Could this be us trap?”
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
REACTION FROM CUOMO: IS OUR EYES SAYING TO US?
While Trump’s statements were a public reaction, one of the harshest criticisms came from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Saying that Trump’s allegations are baseless, Cuomo said the president was ‘brutal’: “The president tweets the conspiracy theories about the Buffalo incident without providing any evidence. Was blood from [Gugino’s] head fiction? Did our eyes lie to us? No. The man is still in the hospital, and the president humiliates him. This is ruthless and reckless. ”
The president is tweeting conspiracy theories about the Buffalo incident based on no evidence, no proof.
Was the blood coming out of his head staged? Were our eyes lying to us? No.
The man is still in the hospital & the president is disparaging him.
It's cruel & reckless.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 9, 2020
Gugino’s lawyer Kelly Zarcone, who has voluntarily defended human rights in non-profit organizations, said that her client was a “peaceful protester”. “We cannot understand why the US president made such dark, dangerous and false accusations,” Zarcone said.
Pres. Trump pushed a conspiracy theory Tuesday — without evidence — that an elderly protester shoved to the ground by two police officers may have faked the fall that left him bleeding from the head.
@POTUS' remarks are being met with outrage.@weijia has more pic.twitter.com/X2R3kJzxki
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 9, 2020
The fact that Gugino was pushed by the police and dropped to the ground made a sound on social media. It was stated that the condition of Gugino, who bleed blood from his ear and was hospitalized, was stable but serious. After the incident, the two police officers were dismissed. (FOREIGN NEWS / Voice of America)