Cuomo Rips Trump’s Lie
Guv calls BS on police victim antifa claim
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Governor Andrew Cuomo
pulled no punches
in slamming Donald
Trump Tuesday for
the president’s tweet repeating a
baseless conspiracy theory that
the 75-year-old pacifi st shoved and
seriously injured by cops in Buffalo
last week was somehow part of a
“There’s no fact to any of it,” Cuomo
exclaimed over Trump’s morning
tweet about the incident, in
which a Buffalo police offi cer brutally
shoved Martin Gugino, 75, after
the activist approached him.
Gugino fell to the sidewalk, his
head hitting the concrete, causing
bleeding from his ears and head.
He’s still hospitalized in intensive
care, according to the governor.
Two offi cers were subsequently suspended
without pay and charged
with felony assault.
But Trump, in an apparent defense
of the brutal shove, claimed
without evidence that the episode
was part of a vast left-wing conspiracy.
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
June 9, 2020
REUTERS/ JAMIE QUINN
Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lays on
the ground bleeding after he was shoved by two
Buffalo police offi cers during a protest on June 4.
The tweet left Cuomo, and much
of the nation, shocked and apoplectic.
“What does that even mean?”
Cuomo said of Trump’s conspiracy
peddling. “You think it was staged?
You think the blood coming out
of Gugino’s head was staged? Is
that what you’re saying? You saw
his head hit the pavement. You see
blood on the pavement. How reckless,
how irresponsible, how mean,
Going on to call Trump’s tweet
“a reprehensible, dumb comment,”
the governor demanded a public
apology from the president.
“If he ever feels a moment of decency,
he should apologize for that
tweet, because it is wholly unacceptable,”
Cuomo said, adding that
Trump had poured “gasoline on the
fi re” amid “this moment of anger
“Show some decency, some humanity,
some fairness,” the governor
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