KEY POINTS

  • President Trump shared a conspiracy theory, claiming 75-year-old Buffalo protester Martin Gugino is a member of ANTIFA
  • Gugino has been hospitalized since an altercation on June 4 when he was pushed to the ground by police trying to break up Black Lives Matter protesters
  • Several friends described Gugino as a "gentle person" that regularly joined important protests over the last decade

President Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter to attack the 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York, during protests last week. His attacks included sharing a conspiracy theory that the man, identified as Martin Gugino, was actually an “ANTIFA provocateur.”

Trump cites a report by conservative news outlet One America News Network, which also speculated about the man having Antifa connections.

In the original video posted on Thursday, Gugino is seen approaching Buffalo police trying to break up protests before the city’s curfew at 8 p.m. Gugino attempts to talk to two officers, identified as Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, who then pushed him back, causing him to fall to the ground. As the two officers pass him, Gugino is seen lying on the ground and bleeding from the ear before other officers call for help.

Gugino’s attorney, Kelly Zarcone, shared an update on his health Monday.

“Martin Gugino is still hospitalized and his condition remains largely unchanged,” Zarcone told said in a statement. “He is in serious but stable condition. Martin has acknowledged and sincerely appreciates the tremendous outpouring of support he has received nationwide. Martin and his family continue to request privacy as they focus on Martin’s health and recovery.”

Friends and family have come out in support of Gugino, saying he is a “gentle person” who “stands up for what is right.” One friend, identified as John Washington, said Gugino had attended “every important protest” held in Buffalo over the last 10 years.

Torgalski and McCabe are suspended without pay and facing charges of assault for the incident.