Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump mocked a person’s physical handicap while defending his ridiculously incredible claim that ‘thousands’ of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated after the collapse of the World Trade Center.
New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski suffers from a chronic condition which limits the movement of his arms and that is apparently a very funny thing to the GOP frontrunner.
Trump is well aware of the reporter’s condition yet he mocked Kovaleski’s health condition at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday night, Politico reports.
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Trump called Kovalseski “a nice reporter,” then went on to mock him while flailing his arms.
“Now the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: ‘Uhh I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said,” Trump said.
As he spoke, Trump wildly gyrated his arms while imitating the unusual angle at which the reporter’s hand sometimes rests.
Trump is using Kovaleski’s 2001 article written for the Washington Post at the time to back up his claims of witnessing “thousands” of Muslims celebrating in Jersey City, N.J., as the twin towers burned fell. The hotel magnate claims Muslims were dancing in the streets and on rooftops.
After Trump supporters began seizing on Kovaleski’s article, the reporter told CNN, “I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”
“We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” a spokeswoman for the New York Times said.
Politico notes that in 2012, when she was supporting Ted Cruz’s Senate bid, Trump’s new national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson received backlash after referring to a veteran who appeared in a video for Cruz’s opponent and who suffered back fractures and severe burns from an improvised explosive device as “deformed.”
What’s worse than Trump are his supporters who never take issue with his nasty remarks as his poll numbers rise after each offensive comment is made.
Other things Trump may find really funny: dead puppies, abused children and amputees.
Given Trump’s cruel behavior, are we sure he wasn’t the one dancing in the streets after we were attacked on 9/11?
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