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 John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit 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 CuomoCuomo calls a sheriff who won't enforce mask mandate a 'dictator' New York City to reopen field hospital as COVID-19 cases spike White House largely silent on health precautions for Thanksgiving MORE (D) said Trump’s remarks were "reprehensible" and called on him to “apologize for that tweet.”

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump keeps tight grip on GOP amid divisions 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 RomneyWhoopi Goldberg blasts Republicans not speaking against Trump: 'This is an attempted coup' GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (R-Utah), who has openly criticized the president, called the tweet “shocking” and said he wouldn't “dignify it with any further comment.”