Donald Trump loves to bash the “Fake News” media for pushing a narrative that he characterizes as false — mostly of because the mainstream media’s nasty habit of reporting facts that contradict the president’s own lies — it turns out, however, that one of Trump’s favorite sources for news that he trusts employs a reporter who also gets paid by Russian state-run media.
Christopher Miller, the Eastern European correspondent for BuzzFeed News, pointed out that strange coincidence today after Trump tweeted out accusations that Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was pushed to the sidewalk by Buffalo, NY police, cracking open his head and putting him in the hospital in serious condition, was an Antifa activist.
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 source for this evidence-free accusation? One America News Network (OANN).
Miller took a closer look at the Russian-accented reporter who filed the story that captured the president’s attention and discovered that he also works for Sputnik, formerly known as The Voice of Russia, a news agency and media platform established by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya.
Fun fact: The @OANN reporter with the Russian accent who did this wildly misleading story filled with unsubstantiated claims that Trump has now referenced on Twitter moonlights for Russia's state-run propaganda and disinfo-peddling network @SputnikInt. https://t.co/UFcFKDYAnf
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) June 9, 2020
Watching the report, it seems clear that the elderly Gugino is merely trying to capture images of the badges and identifying tattoos of the police officers surrounding the longtime peace activist, who was likely opposed to fascism long before the term “Antifa” was even coined.
It’s bad enough that Trump seeks to shift focus from the inspiration for the massive demonstrations against police brutality and murders that have erupted across the country to false accusations against a shadowy bogeyman group with no formal leadership, agenda, or structure, but when the president of the United States starts taking his cues from proven Russian propagandists, our nation has reached a new nadir.
Is this who you want your president to be retweeting? If this doesn’t convince you that Trump is following strategic moves delivered to him straight from the Kremlin, how much of a smoking gun do you need?
Perhaps the missing translator’s notes from his conversations with Vladimir Putin will be the only thing that can convince you then.
Too bad Trump seized and likely destroyed those documents immediately after the conversation.
If the president had a functioning brain, he could easily have noted that local prosecutors in Buffalo have charged the two police officers involved in the incident shoving Gugino with felony Assault as CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out.
The two officers have been charged with felony assault by the local prosecutor. https://t.co/mRL5AOIRTr
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 9, 2020
If Trump is indeed taking his cues from Moscow, he is a traitorous slime who needs to be removed from office immediately.
If he arrived at his decisions independently from Putin, he is still a traitorous slime who needs to be removed from office immediately.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.