Donald Trump enraged people on social media once again, this time by trying to find an excuse for the aggression 75 year old BLM protester suffered at the hands of the riot police. As you can imagine, his words pretty much tried to victim blame and many were not Okay with that.
The POTUS took to his favorite social media platform, which is Twitter, to share a theory of his, that the elderly man, Martin Gugino, could have been an ‘antifa provocateur’ and that he could have ‘set’ up the terrifying assault that left him passed out and heavily bleeding from the head on the sidewalk after being violently pushed by police.
Users were disgusted with the narrative the President was trying to push and his constant attempts to find excuses for sheer, violent attacks of peaceful protesters by the police, actions that should never be excused no matter what.
That being said, despite video proof showing exactly what happened to the 75 year old, Trump still tried to smear the elderly man who was left to bleed on the ground by the police with no concern for his life.
The President’s tweet disgusted people almost as much as the violence itself.
Gugino is currently still in the hospital in serious but stable condition.
‘Buffalo protester shoved by the Police could be ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed after appearing to scan the police communications in order to black-out the equipment. @OANN I watched it, he fell harder than he was pushed. [He] Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?’ Trump tweeted.
Here are a couple of the outraged reactions to it:
‘The president’s tweeting conspiracy theories about the Buffalo incident based on no evidence and no proof. Was all the blood coming out of his head also staged? Were our eyes lying to all of us? No. The man’s still in the hospital and the president is disparaging him. It’s cruel and reckless,’ one person wrote.
Another shared that: ‘My Dad used to say there is no greater sin than the abuse of power. Whether it is an officer bloodying a peaceful protester or the President defending him with a conspiracy theory he just saw on TV. I’m a Catholic –- just like Martin. Our faith says that we cannot accept either.’