is there any credible supporting evidence that the man was attempting
to instigate a confrontation, or that he was planning to 'set up' the
Trump's Tuesday morning tweet and Facebook post were inspired by an
"absolutely insane" segment from little-watched cable channel One
America News Network, which has aired false information in the past.
The OAN report baselessly claims Gugino's injury was the result of a
"false flag provocation by far-left group antifa," and said he
appeared "to use a police tracker" on his phone. There is zero
evidence linking Gugino to an antifa organization, and the claim that
he tracked or scanned police is based only on the fact that Gugino was
holding a mobile phone.
Statement of Gugino's attorney to to Law&Crime:
Thank you for following up regarding the President’s Tweet about my
client, Martin Gugino. Martin is out of ICU but still hospitalized
and truly needs to rest. 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.
Apparent information flow courtesy Daniel Dale, CNN:
Apparent information flow:
- Some people on the Internet →
- The website Conservative Treehouse →
- A Russian state media veteran now working for One America News Network →
- The president of the United States
Joe Passantino, Director of coverage, CNN Los Angeles:
The original article cited by OAN on the “Conservative Treehouse”
website was written by an anonymous person who publishes under a
pseudonym. The site is registered through a company that hides the
identity and location of the owner of the website.
Washington — President Trump suggested without evidence Tuesday
morning that an elderly man who was hospitalized after being shoved to
the ground by police in Buffalo, New York, was an "ANTIFA provocateur"
who may have been trying to "set up" law enforcement.
A Fox News article about Trump's tweet says:
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.
And mentions that "Media personalities on the left and right also ripped Trump's post" including:
"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."