Trump Demands Times Apologize over Disabled Reporter Claim
Donald Trump was caught redhanded mocking disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a rare disease that impairs movement of his arms.
Trump was mentioning an article from 2001, where he mocked the reporter and made fun of his disabled arms. The entire incident was caught on video and the New York Times quickly trashed Trump for his low-class humor and demanded an apology.
Trump has refused to apologize and is now calling on the Times to apologize to him for defaming his character.
“Donald J. Trump today demanded an apology from the failing New York Times which accused him (during a major speech before 10,000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC) of mocking a reporter’s physical disability when in fact, Mr. Trump does not know anything about the reporter or anything about what the reporter looks like,” the Trump campaign said in a statement on Thursday.
In the original video, Trump makes fun of Kovaleski to a crowd of supporters.
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 at the rally, flailing his arms as he imitated Kovaleski. “That was 14 years ago — they didn’t issue a retraction.”
The Hill reports:
The Times said in a statement on Thursday it is “outrageous” that Trump would “ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”
But Trump said he was only trying to give the impression that Kovaleski was “a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.”
“Serge Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did,” his campaign’s statement read. “He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”
The 2001 Kovaleski article 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.”
Trump has used the article to bolster his claim that some Muslims were “dancing in the streets” as the World Trade Center came down on Sept. 11.
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