The nation collectively winced in horror as it watched video of a tall, white-haired 75-year old man being shoved to the ground by Buffalo, New York police officers, then gasped as the sound of his head hit the concrete. Those officers walked away, not even calling 911 to help him. Bystanders had to pull out their cell phones to get the older man, Martin Gugino, desperately needed medical help as blood poured out his left ear.
Days later, the President of the United States, without reason, attacked Martin Gugino on social media, smearing him with an insane and totally meritless conspiracy theory. When asked about it, the White House press secretary defending Trump, insisting questions had to be asked and saying the president had every right to do so.
Gugino, contrary to Trump’s suggestion, is not Antifa. He is not a radical or an anarchist. He is a well-known local peace and civil rights activist.
And now he has been diagnosed with a brain injury.
Gugino “suffered a brain injury as a result of the incident, his lawyer revealed Thursday,” NBC 4 New York reports.
“As heartbreaking as it is, his brain is injured and he is well aware of that now. Because of this, he told me that he is not interested in media interviews right now,” Kelly Zarcone said about her client in a statement, as CNN reports. “He feels encouraged and uplifted by the outpouring of support which he has received from so many people all over the globe. It helps.”
“He is looking forward to healing and determining what his ‘new normal’ might look like,” she concluded, suggesting, unsurprisingly, the injury may permanently affect him.
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‘Sign of Desperation’: Trump Slammed for ‘Anti-Religious Bigotry’ Over New Attack Ad Showing Biden Praying in a Church
A new anti-Biden attack ad from the Trump campaign is filled with falsehoods, and ends by mocking the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee praying in a church. Some on social media are slamming the President and his campaign for “anti-religious bigotry” and “demonizing prayer.”
“Deep in the heart of Delaware Joe Biden sits in his basement, alone, hiding, diminished,” the ad begins.
Many Americans are sitting in their basements – that’s where Biden’s office and TV studio are – and they’re sitting alone, and hiding, and diminished, so to speak, as a New York Times opinion column notes. But they are doing so because of Trump’s horrific handling of the pandemic – the worst management of the coronavirus crisis in the world.
The ad goes on to make ludicrous claims, including one that in the ad’s small print cites something from 2013.
It closes with a voiceover claiming, “Biden has no answers,” which is demonstrably false – and projection on Trump’s part.
“And after five decades of failure, he never will,” the narrator says.
The final photo (above) shows the former Vice President, wearing a mask, seated, head down, hands clasped.
As The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel notes, Biden is in a church, praying. “An image meant to make him look defeated/old is of him praying in church!”
Weigel points to the photograph’s source, which says it was taken June 1 at Bethel AME church by an AP photographer.
That day, June 1, for over an hour Biden met “with community leaders at a black church in Delaware,” to discuss the George Floyd protests.
“Donald Trump is the only president in our history to tear gas peaceful Americans and kick a priest out of their church so he could profane it for a photo op,” Joe Biden’s Director of Rapid Response says. “Which makes it unsurprising – but no less sickening – that the Trump campaign just denigrated Joe Biden for praying.”
Here’s what others are saying:
The “stuck in his basement” bit is such a weird line of attack. We’re all stuck in our basements now! Especially the white-collar suburban types the campaigns are trying to reach.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 5, 2020
To Trump, the act of prayer is showing weakness
— #FreeJoeKelly (@RealJacobPerry) August 5, 2020
— Kyle Morse (@Kyle_A_Morse) August 5, 2020
I think we both know no such picture exists
— Jed Oliver (@Jed_Oliver) August 5, 2020
Whoever worked on this is a pro-Biden guy/gal.
— Morehouse (@art_morehouse) August 5, 2020
As a Christian, this offends me.
— O. Okafor 🌐🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@realOOkafor) August 5, 2020
To be fair, Trump thinks Catholics need guns to pray, if his “Catholics love the 2nd Amendment” thing is to be believed.
— Voodont Split Hairs; Black Lives Matter (@VoodontWoW) August 5, 2020
The Trump campaign is now demonizing prayer, I guess! https://t.co/i565FYlrwD
— Tyler McNally (@Tyler_McNally) August 5, 2020
Yep this is a sign of desperation from the Trump campaign ..
— MARY HAMILTON (@MaryHam34145462) August 5, 2020
“Accidentally” gives the Trump campaign way too much credit.
They made this same “mistake” last month, using the image of Biden kneeling in a church.
Pretty sure it’s intentional! https://t.co/KLn7Ntri0n
— Adrienne Watson (@Adrienne_DNC) August 5, 2020
Make no mistake. @realDonaldTrump and his campaign knew exactly what this photo was and used it anyway.
It’s a slap in the face to people of faith. https://t.co/673pq7g5xv
— Matt Fuehrmeyer (@mfuehrme) August 5, 2020
@realDonaldTrump where is your head bowed in prayer pic? Oh, just the holding a bible upside down at St. John’s after gassing peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park for your publicity stunt #TrumpTheSnake 🐍#RepublicansForBiden @ProjectLincoln
— Julie Mahoney – Child & Adolescent Therapist (@asecurebase) August 5, 2020
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