Offers no other evidence for suggesting elderly man could be Antifa provocateur
Citing a piece on conservative cable network OANN President Donald Trump said he had watched, Trump Tuesday questioned a much-viewed video of Buffalo, N.Y., police pushing an elderly protestor to the ground, who is then seen bleeding out of his ear, suggesting the man “could” have been an Antifa provocateur.
Trump has branded Antifa a terrorist group.
The video led to a public apology and condemnation by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and felony charges against the two policeman involved, though other officers resigned in protest over those charges.
The President fired off the following tweet Tuesday (June 9), the same day that a funeral was being held for George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police prompted protests, including in Buffalo where the incident occurred.
The White House has said tweets are official statements by the President.
This one appeared to be based on this clip from OANN suggesting the protestor “appeared” to use common Antifa tactics:
Gov. Cuomo called it a “reprehensible, dumb comment.”
“From numerous sources, OAN’s investigative team is aware of Mr. Gugino’s anti-police sentiment and statements,” said OANN in a statement. “As you may know, his social media accounts have been deleted, covering-up his anti-authority affirmations. Mr. Gugino refused to comply with the repeated requests of police officers. Additional detailed reporting of OAN’s findings will be airing today.”