New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called President Trump’s tweet promoting conspiracy theories about an elderly protester who was hospitalized after being shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo “reprehensible.”
“President Trump did a tweet today that surprises me — even after all the tweets that he has done,” Cuomo said at his daily press briefing. The governor said he was shocked and disgusted by the president’s suggestion that the 75-year-old man is an “ANTIFA provocateur” and may have been trying to “set up” law enforcement.
Video of the incident shows the man, Martin Gugino, being pushed backwards and falling to the ground, bleeding from the head as numerous police officers walk past him. Two Buffalo police officers were charged with second-degree assault following the incident, and have pleaded not guilty.