Trump Faces Heat for ‘Outrageous’ Mocking of Reporter with Disability
Donald Trump is no stranger to rude comments. However, the billionaire turned presidential candidate is receiving flack for making fun of a disabled reporter.
At a rally in South Carolina on Friday, Trump defended his claims that New Jersey Muslims were celebrating 9/11, citing a 2001 article by reporter Serge Kovaleski.
Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, has since denounced the report.
“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this 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 Friday, flailing his arms as he imitated Kovaleski. “This was 14 years ago – they didn’t do a retraction.”
The New York Times blasted Trump for being insensitive and rude.
Trump took to Twitter and took a shot at the Times.
The failing @nytimes should be focused on good reporting and the papers financial survival and not with constant hits on Donald Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
The Hill reports:
The article, written by Kovaleski for the Washington Post in 2001, read in part: “Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”
Kovaleski said he does not remember residents of New Jersey celebrating the attack.
“We did a lot of shoe-leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story,” Kovaleski told CNN on Monday. “Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory. … 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,” he added.
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