Donald Trump speaks out after outcry over mocking reporter

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Donald Trump called out for appearing to mock disability.

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. The Republican presidential candidate was defending his remarks about Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11 when he derided journalist Serge Kovaleski. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn’t know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. Watt or Muhammad Ali in his prime — or somebody of less athletic or physical ability.” Trump had gone after Kovaleski, who has a congenital condition called arthrogryposis that limits the movement of joints, at a campaign rally, flailing his arms in apparent mockery of the reporter’s movements. “Somebody at the financially failing and totally biased New York Times said that, over the years, I have met Mr.

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.” “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 told the Washington Post. Trump has been citing a Washington Post article written by Kovaleski in 2001 to support 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 September 11, 2001.

Despite having one of the all-time great memories I certainly do not remember him,” Trump said. “What I do know is that after 14 years, and no retraction, this reporter tried to pull away from the tailgate party paragraph he wrote many years ago for the Washington Post.” While working at the Post, Kovaleski wrote that New Jersey authorities were questioning “a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating” the Sept. 11 attacks. Kovaleski refuted his claims. “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. 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. In his Thursday statement, Trump said: “I know nothing about [Kovaleski] other than I have great respect for the way he wrote the story on 18 September 2001, and in particular the paragraph talking about Muslims and tailgate parties taking place in New Jersey.” Trump later added to his statement, asking the paper to apologise to him for accusing him of mocking Kovaleski, who the candidate repeated he had no memory of meeting. They should focus on the survival of their newspaper and not on dishonest and very bad reporting about me.” “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,” said Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes education, housing, and employment for people with disabilities.

The people definitely did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11, and that’s basically all there is.” Jersey City’s current mayor, Steven Fulop, has joined the party too, calling Trump “plain wrong”, and saying “he is shamefully politicising an emotionally charged issue”. “Trump needs to understand that Jersey City will not be part of his hate campaign. Clearly, Trump has memory issues or wilfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party.” Critics of Trump believe it’s all a calculated plan from the billionaire candidate, who has been calling for greater surveillance of the American Muslim population since the Paris attacks.

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