While Defending Muslim Remarks, Trump Appears To Mock Journalist For His Disability
There’s bound to be some other explanation that el Trumpo is gonna come up with but it really does appear that he’s mocking a reporter’s disability in these comments where he’s defending what he said about “thousands and thousands” of Muslims dancing during 9/11 in New Jersey.
Here’s how Politico described it:
During a defense of his widely debunked claim that thousands of people in parts of New Jersey with large Arab populations celebrated the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Trump performed a derisive impression of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski — who suffers from a chronic condition that has limited the movement of his arms — at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday night.
Citing a 2001 article written by Kovaleski that referred to people allegedly seen celebrating the attacks, Trump said it was “Written by a nice reporter.”
Trump went on, “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.’” As he spoke, Trump launched into an impression which involved gyrating his arms wildly and imitating the unusual angle at which Kovaleski’s hand sometimes rests.
That’s pretty rough.
I worked at the WaPo w/ @sergenyt. Disability's not what anyone who worked with him saw in this very fine pro. Episode says a lot abt trump.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) November 26, 2015
But if Trump fans have shown an incredible ability to defend absolutely anything Trump does or says….
@ktumulty didn’t say that, merely pointed out MSNBC’s reax.Are you sure Trump was aware of the disability? Scarborough did a hand thing too
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) November 26, 2015