Trump claims 75-year-old Buffalo protester “could be an ANTIFA provocateur” as man remains hospitalized

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday morning, a lawyer representing Martin Gugino provided another update on his condition.

Gugino was severely injured by Buffalo police when they shoved him during a protest. In a video, Gugino was seen bleeding from the head after being knocked to the ground outside City Hall.

MORE | Court records claim officers “acted together to intentionally cause physical injury”

On Monday, his attorney, Kelly Zarcone said Gugino’s condition had remained largely unchanged, but on Wednesday, she provided another update. Zarcone said Gugino will be moved to a rehabilitation floor in the hospital for more treatment.

“His condition continues to improve and we hope he will be released within the next two weeks,” she said in a statement provided to CNN.

“Martin has acknowledged and sincerely appreciates the tremendous outpouring of support he has received nationwide,” Zarcone said.

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump gave his opinion on the situation, alleging that Gugino “could be an ANTIFA provocateur” and stating “Could be a set up?”

Here is Trump’s whole tweet:

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown responded to Trump’s tweet within two hours.

The City of Buffalo is focused on healing after several days and nights of calm and constructive meetings and protests about how we take action to achieve racial equity and a good future for our residents and community,” Brown said. “We will not be distracted from this urgent work. Our focus on positive change is stronger than ever. My administration remains hopeful that Mr. Gugino will experience a full recovery. And that
the officers involved in this incident receive due process under law.”

Gov. Cuomo unleashed a fiery response to Trump’s tweet, calling it “reckless” and “irresponsible.”

Rep. Brian Higgins shared his thoughts with Nexstar Washington Correspondent Morgan Wright.

Gugino’s attorney also responded to the tweet, calling Trump’s words “dark, dangerous and untrue.”

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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