An elderly man named Martin Gugino was shoved by police in Buffalo, New York, after calmly approaching them. In a widely circulated clip, Gugino can be seen falling backward and smacking his head on the pavement. Unconscious, he begins bleeding from his ear. The police officers step over his prone body and keep moving forward. It’s a horrifying and disgusting scene, and even people who have been critical of protestors seemed to question the necessity of assaulting a 75-year-old man.

That’s probably why Donald Trump is now coming so hard for Gugino. Also, he has been watching conspiracy theorists on One America News Network (OANN), which is sort of like a Fox News channel for even more batsh*t people. Trump referred to a segment he saw on OANN in a tweet when he suggested that Gugino was an “ANTIFA provocateur” who was on the scene to “scan police communications in order to black out equipment.”

He also suggests Gugino “fell harder than was pushed.” Well, the president is pretty old, maybe it’s been a while since he’s been pushed, but your balance isn’t what it used to be in your mid-seventies.

I don’t even know why I’m trying to pick apart Trump’s thesis because it’s so obviously ridiculous. Gugino is a long time peace activist and well-known by the local community. And if you watch the segment Trump is referring to, you can see how unhinged this conspiracy theory community is:

People are outraged on Gugino’s behalf. Some seemed shocked that Trump would attack the old man put in the hospital for no reason, but I’m not. Trump has no lowest common denominator because he is uncommonly cruel. But even this has got people who are not interested in protests or justice pissed:

I am curious about what Fox News thinks of all this. Are they jealous that OANN is taking Trump away from them? Will they adopt OANN’s conspiracy theories to attract him back, or go even deeper down the wormhole?

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*First Published: June 9, 2020, 8:16 am