Donald Trump Criticized After He Appears to Mock Reporter Serge Kovaleski

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

BREKKIE WRAP: Donald Trump mocks journalist’s disability.

Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston said Thursday the Republican presidential contender should apologize to Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times and the public. Donald Trump’s marathon of meanness reached a new low when the presidential candidate mocked a reporter’s physical handicap during a campaign rally.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, who suffers from arthrogryposis which affects arm movement, recently said he didn’t remember “thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating.” “Now the poor guy. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said: “poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” and gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski’s movements. A few seconds in – once he really gets into it – Trump holds his hand in front of his chest in an exaggerated, claw-like position. “Disability is repulsive,” is the message he conveys, as if degrading an opponent by imitating their disabled body is a legitimate way to bring them down to size. The Republican front-runner has repeatedly quoted a Washington Post article written by Mr Kovaleski a week after 9/11 claiming that “a number of people … were allegedly seen celebrating” in New Jersey.

Maybe that’s what I said.’” “The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record,” he said. Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly annoying reporters by requiring that journalists who hear nature’s call while covering his campaign rallies be escorted from the news “pen” to bathrooms.

This is a man who in the past week alone has refused to rule out identification for Muslim Americans noting their religion, and has declared that even if waterboarding terror suspects doesn’t work, he would approve it because “they deserve it”. — ABC’S Leigh Sales pulled no punches in an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, grilling him on terrorism and Tony Abbott’s loyalty. When I watched this latest video of Trump, I just felt the sort of weary sadness that comes from no longer being shocked at watching a person mocking someone for being disabled.

— MAL Brough faced a barrage of questions during question time as the Opposition stepped up its attacks for his involvement in Peter Slipper’s downfall. He’s going like, I don’t remember.” His voice took a mocking tone, too. “It is unacceptable for a child to mock another child’s disability on the playground, never mind a presidential candidate mocking someone’s disability as part of a national political discourse,” he said. — UK PRIME Minister David Cameron has revealed a 36-page plan to combat ISIS ‘in their heartlands’, as a ‘suspicious powder’ was discovered at a Brussels mosque. That lack of shock isn’t because the person doing the mocking is a ludicrous figure, such as Trump, but because when you are disabled you experience this kind of behaviour all the time.

— CHARLIE Sheen’s personal assistant has lifted the lid on the star’s hard-partying lifestyle which continued even after he knew he was HIV positive. Just last weekend, for example, I was in a London cab, and the driver – already frustrated at having to help my wheelchair into the taxi – refused to talk to me directly. — LEONARDO DiCaprio is tipped for an Oscar for his latest role in The Revenant, but the star endured brutal weather while filming in the frozen wilderness.

— AS Network Ten prepare to head into the jungle for a second time, they say that the latest crop of celebrities need to brace themselves for a far tougher ride. There is something about the humiliation of being belittled for having a disability, let alone outright mocked, that leaves you wanting to grab back any level of self-respect you can get.

Back in July, in an interview with NBC New reporter Katy Tur, Trump teased a wheelchair-bound opinion writer who had called the candidate “a rodeo clown.” “I went out, I made a fortune, a big fortune, a tremendous fortune,” Trump told NBC News. “Then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?” The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. What is perhaps more shocking than Trump’s actions are the stories the disabled community has to share about incidents when their disability was mocked. “Someone once shouted ‘Bet you have fun with that on at night, don’t you, lad?’ as my [boyfriend] pushed me in my wheelchair,” one woman told me.

In comment given on background to The Washington Post, however, a campaign official claimed that Trump “was merely emphasizing the uncertainty of the verbal/written statement provided by the reporter in regards to his article.” That’s going to be a hard line to sell. For example: “I was called a scrounger and spat at just because I use a wheelchair.” Perhaps the most telling – and depressing – comment was from the disabled woman who noted insults “tend to bounce off me” now. It says something that even the word to describe prejudice against disabled people – disablism – isn’t familiar in the way that homophobia, racism or sexism are.

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