Trump Tweets Conspiracy Theory About 75-Year-Old Buffalo Protester
Donald Trump tweeted a conspiracy theory about 75-year-old Martin Gugino, the protester who was pushed down and injured by Buffalo police. Governor Andrew Cuomo has responded.
UPDATE: New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has responded:
Credit: WKBW TV | Buffalo, NY via Youtube
"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 Trump via Twitter
This morning (June 9), Donald Trump proposed that Martin could be a "ANTIFA provocateur." According to CNN, ANTIFA is:
"Antifa is short for anti-fascists. The term is used to define a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left -- often the far left -- but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform."
Trump went on to suggest that Martin purposely "fell harder" than what he should have, after being pushed by two police officers half his age. The initial report said Martin tripped, which is clearly not the case, if you watch the video. The two Buffalo Police Department officers were suspended without pay. Officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe have also been charged with second-degree assault, according to ABC News. The offers plead not guilty and will return to court on July 20.
To show their support for the officers who pushed and injured Martin, who is still hospitalized, the 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned from that details (not the force). The move has put Buffalo in the national spotlight, with criticism coming from every direction!