After watching Russian disinformation network OANN, Donald Trump tweets out false smear against Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old white man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo, NY, of faking his fall and being a member of ANTIFA.
Gugino had to be taken to the hospital after hitting his head on the pavement, passing out and blood oozed from his ear.
He is a member of two nonprofits and part of the Catholic Worker Movement.
The president cited right-wing One America News Network (OANN) in making the incendiary claim, which comes amid a national debate over police brutality.
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
1. He’s 75 years old.
2. He’s 75 years old.
3. He’s 75 years old.
4. The cops left him BLEEDING.
5. He’s 75 years old.
6. He’s 75 years old.
7. OANN is trash.
8. You are TRASH.
9. You are TRASH.
10. He’s 75 years old, FFS.pic.twitter.com/8yQ2NZtzqs
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 9, 2020
CBS journalist David Begnaud reports, “I just checked with the Erie County district attorneys office in New York about the condition of Martin Gugino, 75. The prosecutor’s spokeswoman says Gugino is still listed in critical condition at a local hospital. He’s been there since Saturday due to his head injury.
OANN made up a story about Martin Gugino.
The US president tweeted it.
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) June 9, 2020
Martin Gugino was pushed by the police. He fell. He bled. Officers walked past him. He's 75 years old. He's still in the hospital. He was peacefully demonstrating against police brutality and racism. Trump is spreading lies about him.
Republicans, what have you become?
— Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 9, 2020
The claims about Martin Gugino having ties to any outside organizations have repeatedly been disproven and dismissed by Buffalo City Hall, the Erie County District Attorney, and other leaders in the community. https://t.co/YU2iSrtPrQ
— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) June 9, 2020