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Trump floats conspiracy theory about 75-year-old protester shoved by Buffalo cops
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Miloch
2020-06-09 15:32:39 UTC
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested without evidence that the
75-year-old man whose head was cracked open by Buffalo law enforcement last week
was an “ANTIFA provocateur,” alleging the protester was seeking to “set up” the
police officers who assaulted him.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter, citing the
conservative cable channel One America News Network.

Trump added: “I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner.
Could be a set up?”

The president’s conspiratorial social media post comes after a video of the
encounter last Thursday between Martin Gugino and Buffalo, New York, police —
shot by local NPR affiliate WBFO — went viral online amid nationwide protests in
the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by Minneapolis
police.

The footage shows Gugino approach two officers outfitted in tactical gear who
were part of a larger group of police enforcing the city’s 8 p.m. curfew in
Buffalo’s Niagara Square, in front of city hall. After a brief interaction, the
officers forcefully push Gugino, and he falls backward onto the pavement.
Officers can then be seen walking past Gugino’s body as he bleeds from his head.

Buffalo police initially said in a statement Thursday night that a person “was
injured when he tripped & fell” during a “skirmish involving protestors,” but
police later apologized and said they were “working with incomplete details
during what was a very fast-moving and fluid situation.”



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Trump Pedophile In Chief
2020-06-09 21:50:05 UTC
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested without evidence that the
75-year-old man whose head was cracked open by Buffalo law enforcement
last week was an “ANTIFA provocateur,” alleging the protester was
seeking to “set up” the police officers who assaulted him.
“Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75
year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police
on Twitter, citing the conservative cable channel One America News
Network.
Trump added: “I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming
scanner. Could be a set up?”
The president’s conspiratorial social media post comes after a video of
the encounter last Thursday between Martin Gugino and Buffalo, New York,
police — shot by local NPR affiliate WBFO — went viral online amid
nationwide protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a
46-year-old black man, by Minneapolis police.
The footage shows Gugino approach two officers outfitted in tactical
gear who were part of a larger group of police enforcing the city’s 8
p.m. curfew in Buffalo’s Niagara Square, in front of city hall. After a
brief interaction, the officers forcefully push Gugino, and he falls
backward onto the pavement. Officers can then be seen walking past
Gugino’s body as he bleeds from his head.
Buffalo police initially said in a statement Thursday night that a
person “was injured when he tripped & fell” during a “skirmish involving
protestors,” but police later apologized and said they were “working
with incomplete details during what was a very fast-moving and fluid
situation.”
Trump Just Cited This Crazypants Fake News Report Narrated by a Russian-
Accented Computer

By Elliot Hannon
June 09, 202010:11 AM

The back of Trump's head can be seen as a spaceship launches in the
background.
Welcome behind the curtain of the mastermind of the Trump media operation.
Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted about the case of
Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old peace activist who was shoved by two
Buffalo cops, resulting in his hospitalization, during a protest last
week. The ludicrous use of performative police force was caught on video,
which you have probably already seen, but it resulted in Gugino lying
motionless on the ground bleeding from the head. It also went bananas
online and led to the two officers being suspended and then charged.
Because the incident was literally taped, it’s tough to make Gugino out to
be something that he’s not. But that didn’t stop Trump from … whatever
this is … trying?

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

A secret police scanner! A trick fall! A potential ANTIFA setup! It’s like
the Triple Crown of Trump crazy all jammed into one cockamamie tweet. But
maybe he’s on to something, so perhaps let’s track down the pseudo-sourced
allegation, which originated from the pseudo-news organization OANN. So
what kind of reporting was Trump relying on from the far-right propaganda
outlet? Take a look for yourself. Seriously.

Here's the first half of the batshit OANN segment Trump just tweeted.
It
alleges the 75 year old man assaulted by Buffalo police officers was an
antifa operative, based on a report from Conservative Treehouse.
pic.twitter.com/CeMVyJcoh8
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) June 9, 2020

It literally sounds like it was narrated by a Russian-accented computer
program. It’s like Siri went to Moscow and had a stroke. Let’s leave aside
the veracity of the report, which, come on, and drill down on the fact
that Trump watched this piece of creepy video spam and thought: That’ll
play. People are saying, just asking the questions, after all.

To quote our new Russian cyborg overlord: “an old trick.” Yes, indeed,
comrade.

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