Report: Kremlin-Linked Propagandist Inspired Trump’s Twitter Attack On Protester
President Trump smeared 75-year-old protester Martin Gugino, who was injured by Buffalo police officers, in a Tuesday morning tweet, calling the activist an “ANTIFA provocateur”.
According to Raw Story, the claim has its basis in propaganda circulating in right-wing media circles, which has been broadcasted on the pro-Trump One America News Network by Russian propagandist Kristian Rouz.
- Rouz is based in San Diego and has been working for both OANN and the Kremlin-owned Sputnik news aggregator that had a role in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
- Rouz reported for OANN:
“A new report finds the latest tensions in the Buffalo Police Department could be the result of a false-flag provocation by far-left group Antifa.”
- He claimed that Gugino was trying to hack into the police radio signal with his cell phone:
“The practice, known as ‘skimming,’ is an old trick used by Antifa to locate police officers and plan violent activities bypassing the police response,” Rouz reported for OANN. “In addition, the 75-year-old, who’s been referred to as an agitator, was supposedly using the technology to black out police communications. That, however, didn’t quite work, and many Buffalo police officers support their embattled colleagues.”
The police officers involved in the incident have since been charged with assault, while Gugino remains hospitalized in stable condition.
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