This week, President Donald Trump posted the brazenly absurd conspiracy theory on Twitter that an elderly man who was assaulted by police in Buffalo, New York, may be a secret Antifa agitator. There’s apparently little, if anything, that White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany wouldn’t back the president up on, because during a subsequent appearance on Fox & Friends, she passionately defended the president’s absolutely ludicrous conspiracy theory. Laughably, McEnany claimed that “there are a lot of questions in that case” and “the president was just raising some of those questions.”
Retweet if you think @PressSec should be fired for her past “questionable” *cough* racist tweets. Our tax money should not be funding birther trash. @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse https://t.co/mi03vKXJCA
— jen pal (@jennyrachelpal) June 10, 2020
To be clear: there is no evidence for Trump’s claim that the elderly victim, 75-year-old Martin Gugino, may have staged his injuries. Gugino was hospitalized with a serious head injury after two police officers shoved him to the ground while he was just peacefully walking in their general direction. Those two officers have been charged with felony assault. Meanwhile, Trump, McEnany, and others apparently live in a self-induced fantasy in which Gugino may have staged the whole encounter — or something.
Asked about Trump tweeting this the day George Floyd was laid to rest, McEnany reiterates Trump was upset by that Floyd video. "But the president was raising some questions, some legitimate ones, about that particular interaction and it’s his prerogative to do so.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 10, 2020
‘The president was raising questions based on a report that he saw, questions that need to be asked and every case we can’t jump on one side without looking at all of the facts at play. This individual has some very questionable tweets, some profanity-laden tweets about police officers. Of course no on condones any sort of violence. We need the appropriate amount of force used in any interaction, but there are a lot of questions in that case.’
welp, the WH is doubling down
Kilmeade: Trump tweeted the 75-year-old protester might have been an antifa provocateur, can you expand on that?
McEnany: He was raising questions, there are questions that need to be asked in every case …This guy had profanity laden tweets pic.twitter.com/KJUjjbqQxt
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) June 10, 2020
McEnany and her supporters are simply staggeringly willfully ignorant and should not be taken seriously at this point. No, the guy who was violently assaulted by police on camera is not some kind of secret member of oh-so-spooky Antifa. Antifa isn’t even a centralized organization. It just means “anti-fascist,” but Trump and his cronies use it as a bogeyman-like term for their opponents.
Martin Gugino is a a longtime peace activist who has worked with the Plowshares and Catholic Workers, the movement started by Dorothy Day https://t.co/UJsmyBwGid
— Daniel Burke (@BurkeCNN) June 9, 2020
Asked whether it was appropriate for the president to bring up his latest conspiracy theory on the very same day that George Floyd, who was recently killed by police and whose death has sparked national outcry, was laid to rest, McEnany added:
‘The president has acknowledged so many times and rightfully so the injustice with George Floyd. He was upset when he saw that video as I noted he gave an entire speech about Mr. Floyd and the grave injustice there, but the president was raising some questions, some legitimate ones about that particular interaction and it’s his prerogative to do so.’
McEnany is the first official to defend Trump amplifying a conspiracy by saying the questions he raised were legitimate. Republicans largely avoided it, White House aides said privately it was unhelpful & cringeworthy, and the chief of staff didn't comment while on the Hill. https://t.co/ajE721H2Mc
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 10, 2020
Discussing Trump’s original propagation of the insane conspiracy theory in question, NBC reporter Ben Collins explained that the “[One America News] conspiracy theory the president is livetweeting here was reported by an ex-Sputnik (Russian state media) reporter, who last month claimed coronavirus was a cover by George Soros, Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, the Clintons and China for “population control.”” That Coronavirus conspiracy theory is obviously completely detached from reality and reflective of no truth in any whatsoever, but the problem is that these are the sources who the president of the United States thinks are worthwhile. In service of his ego, Trump is completely detached from reality and does not care.
The OAN conspiracy theory the president is livetweeting here was reported by an ex-Sputnik (Russian state media) reporter, who last month claimed coronavirus was a cover by George Soros, Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, the Clintons and China for "population control." https://t.co/k2qmNRZq26
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) June 9, 2020