75-Year-Old Man Shoved By Police Responds To Trump Tweet: ‘Black Lives Matter’
According to The Hill, the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest in New York responded to President Donald Trump’s “baseless conspiracy theory” with a simple comment, saying, “Black Lives Matter.”
- During protests over police brutality and racial injustice, Martin Gugino was pushed by Buffalo police in Niagara Square on June 4th, and the video quickly circulated on social media. He can be seen approaching a group of officers. Shortly after the police ordered him to move, they pushed him to the ground, causing Gugino to bleed from his right ear.
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- In response to this incident, President Trump tweeted that the “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur.”
When asked for a comment by USA Today Network after Trump’s tweet on Tuesday, The Hill reported that “Gugino told the outlet via text, ‘No comment other than Black Lives Matter. Just out of the ICU. Should recover eventually. Thx.’”
- Two police officers involved in the incident have been suspended without pay.
The Hill reported that Trump’s tweet about Gugino “immediately prompted backlash from Democrats and Republicans.”
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Trump’s remarks were “reprehensible,” calling on him to “apologize for that tweet.”
- Sen. John Thune (R-SD) called Trump’s baseless claim a “serious” accusation that “should only be made with facts and evidence,” which was not seen.
- Additionally, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), “who has openly criticized the president, called the tweet ‘shocking’ and said he wouldn’t ‘dignify it with any further comment,’” the report wrote.