Martin Gugino, 75, hit the pavement and bled from his ear when a Buffalo, NY police officer shoved him violently, without provocation.
Martin Gugino is still in the hospital, now in serious but stable condition.
The president is now lying about Martin Gugino.
Impeached president Donald Trump tweeted today that this violent incident may not have happened at all, or was staged by an "Antifa" provocateur, and justifies violence by the police against Americans.
Reports the Daily Beast, OANN employs Kremlin media operatives in Russia:
If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin's official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.
He is citing a disinformation segment from the right-wing and Russia-connected disinfo TV channel OANN, based on some bullshit written on a conspiracy theory blog funded by who knows who.
Garbage in, garbage out.
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?
Here's the truth.
On Friday, Martin Gugino's attorney issued this statement:
"Mr. Gugino's requests privacy for himself and his family as he recovers."
Four days later, President Trump caluminated him on Twitter.
At last check, the president has 81.9 million followers. https://t.co/xWBfMIZxn6
— David Gura (@davidgura) June 9, 2020
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) June 9, 2020
President Trump is now accusing 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.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 9, 2020
We seem to be moving beyond the "fake news" argument to "fake videos" and "fake eyes" https://t.co/XIhkTf7jSH
— Devlin Barrett (@DevlinBarrett) June 9, 2020
If your uncle sent this to you on Facebook, you'd check with your aunt to make sure he was ok. pic.twitter.com/TDlqLYvFJm
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) June 9, 2020
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
Is the president justifying police brutality? https://t.co/favjJLiLEA
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) June 9, 2020
And thus begins Tuesday.
"could be" https://t.co/FytmgGaN3k
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 9, 2020
Martin Gugino is still in the hospital. In serious but stable condition https://t.co/Dm7c53NJgV
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) June 9, 2020
The OAN report is based on that article https://t.co/S5dtTXvGvX
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) June 9, 2020