75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police responds to Trump tweet: 'Black Lives Matter'

Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man police shoved to the ground during a recent protest in Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday said “Black Lives Matter” when pressed for comment after President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE promoted a baseless conspiracy theory about him on Twitter.

In a tweet citing right-wing One America News Network on Monday morning, Trump wrote, "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.”

"I watched, he fell harder than was pushed," he added. "Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?"

When pressed for comment by USA Today Network after Trump’s tweet on Tuesday, Gugino told the outlet via text, “No comment other than Black Lives Matter. Just out of the ICU. Should recover eventually. Thx.”


In viral footage captured in Niagara Square in Buffalo on June 4, Gugino could be seen approaching a group of officers. Several could be heard ordering him to move before he was eventually pushed to the ground. Seconds later, blood could be seen coming out of his right ear.

Two police officers involved in the incident have since been suspended without pay.

The moment came as a number of protests over police brutality and racism have erupted in the nation in recent weeks following the police killing of George Floyd and other African Americans.

Trump’s tweet about Gugino immediately prompted backlash from Democrats and Republicans.

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY billboard calls for Cuomo's impeachment amid controversies On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation MORE (D) said Trump’s remarks were "reprehensible" and called on him to “apologize for that tweet.”

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneAfter vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director MORE (R-S.D.) called Trump’s claim a “serious” accusation that “should only be made with facts and evidence,” which he added he had not seen.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 Trump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike MORE (R-Utah), who has openly criticized the president, called the tweet “shocking” and said he wouldn't “dignify it with any further comment.”