Trump, Citing 'Conservative Treehouse,' Says Injured Man Set Up Buffalo Cops - 2020-06-09

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F248.png Trump, Citing 'Conservative Treehouse,' Says Injured Man Set Up Buffalo Cops June 9, 2020, Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

One of the most memorably horrific scenes of police abuse that played out across the country last week took place in Buffalo, where an officer shoved a 75-year-old man to the ground and then the rest of his colleagues marched past as the victim lay bleeding on the pavement.

Or so you think. Real-estate heir, reality television host, cable news junkie, swindler, and titular president of the United States, Donald Trump, proposed via Twitter that the episode is not what it seems:

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. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020

Trump's theory is that the victim, elderly progressive activist Martin Gugino, set up the officers by deliberately taking a fall like he was a power forward for Duke. But the plot goes even deeper. Trump referred to a report from One American News, the station of choice for viewers who consider Fox News too sane. OAN based its report on a story broken by Conservative Treehouse.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Jonathan | last = Chait | title = Trump, Citing 'Conservative Treehouse,' Says Injured Man Set Up Buffalo Cops | url = https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/06/trump-buffalo-police-shoved-protester-conspiracy-theory.html | work = New York Magazine | date = June 9, 2020 | accessdate = June 11, 2020 }}