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 TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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 CuomoNYC George Floyd statue to be relocated after vandalism As Biden's America becomes less safe, the violence and crime could cost Democrats New York gun rights case before Supreme Court with massive consequences  MORE (D) said Trump’s remarks were "reprehensible" and called on him to “apologize for that tweet.”

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneFrustration builds as infrastructure talks drag On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal 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 RomneyTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Utah), who has openly criticized the president, called the tweet “shocking” and said he wouldn't “dignify it with any further comment.”