Trump worse than usual versus Martin Gugino

One thing that Donald Trump manages to keep doing is defy claims that nothing he can do can shock any more.

The US President has handled the Covid-19 pandemic poorly, and he has been even worse dealing with the death of George Floyd and the resulting demonstrations and riots.

But he has sunk to a new conspiracy theory blame diverting low, via Twitter of course.

That’s just nuts, even by Trump’s standards.

It was referring to this widely shown pushing of a protester by police:

Even Fox are critical: Trump takes heat for suggesting man shoved by Buffalo police may be ‘ANTIFA provocateur’

President Trump on Tuesday questioned the motives of the elderly protester who was shoved by Buffalo police officers last week and hospitalized after he hit his head in the resulting fall — drawing severe backlash from both sides of the aisle.

Officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault after they were caught on camera shoving Martin Gugino, who is 75, to the ground during protests in the city over the death of George Floyd. The officers have been suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation was launched into the men. District Attorney John Flynn said the officers “crossed a line.”

The backlash to Trump’s tweet was swift, including from Gugino’s lawyer, Kelly Zarcone, who slammed the president in a statement to Fox News.

“Martin is out of ICU but still hospitalized and truly needs to rest,” she said. “Martin has always been a PEACEFUL protestor because he cares about today’s society. He is also a typical Western New Yorker who loves his family. No one from law enforcement has even suggested anything otherwise so we are at a loss to understand why the President of the United States would make such dark, dangerous, and untrue accusations against him.”

Media personalities on the left and right also ripped Trump’s post.

“My God this is a bad tweet,” Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller posted. “There’s no evidence to support this and the guy looked like he fell as hard as he was pushed.”

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson simply tweeted “[p]lease stop.” Kassy Dillon, a former personality at the right-leaning Daily Wire and founder of Lone Conservative, a group for conservative college students, said, “I’m just going to go back to bed.”

CNN White House correspondent John Harwood chimed in, saying that Trump is “repeating OANN kookery presented by a person who has also worked for Kremlin propaganda outlet, is disconnected from reality, humanity and common sense.”

The OANN report Trump apparently was citing was based on a post from the site Conservative Treehouse saying that Gugino was an activist, which is true. But the report does not actually provide evidence that Gugino is associated with Antifa. Further, it claims, without evidence, that Gugino was attempting to use a “police tracker” on his phone to scan police communications and apparently black them out.

Zarcone said Tuesday that Gugino had his cell phone in his hand in the video, and that “[t]here was no black out equipment or attempt or anything like that.”

After an initial improvement in approval ratings after Covid struck Trump is tanking in polls.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/