The Ecstasy of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump Called Out for Appearing to Mock Reporter With Disability, Offered Sensitivity Training.

Donald Trump denied mocking a reporter’s physical disability on Thursday — insisting he has no idea what the journalist looks like and lashed out at the “financially failing and totally biased” New York Times for calling him out for the slur. “I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovlaski, is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence,” Trump said in a statement Thursday. “I don’t know if he is J.J. The Republican presidential candidate was defending his remarks about Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11 when he derided journalist Serge Kovaleski.WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group is offering Donald Trump sensitivity training after he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech.

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. Below and behind him—sitting on bleachers and standing on the floor—they fill this city’s cavernous, yellow-beige convention center by the thousands. 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 the story, Kovaleski wrote that “law enforcement authorities [in Jersey City] detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops.” Trump this quoted the story to argue that “thousands and thousands of people were cheering” as the World Trade Centre was destroyed. 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.

Trump raises an orange-pink hand like a waiter holding a tray. “They are not coming in from Syria,” he says. “We’re sending them back!” The crowd surges, whistles, cheers. “So many bad things are happening—they have sections of Paris where the police are afraid to go,” he continues. “Look at Belgium, the whole place is closed down! I don’t remember.’” In his Thursday statement, Trump said he had not been aware of the journalist’s disability and “merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago”.

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. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, which some hoped would expose Trump’s shallowness, have instead strengthened him by intensifying people’s anger and fear. Trump has falsely claimed that thousands of Muslims cheered the 9/11 attacks from rooftops in New Jersey; he has declined to rule out a national database of Muslims. 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. So what if it was the Mideast and not New Jersey? “The basic point, I think, is true,” he says. “I look at the pictures of those refugees and they all look like able-bodied young men, 18 to 30 years old,” says his wife, Patrice Matthews, a 62-year-old retired school-district worker. Almost everyone says their second-choice candidate is Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas; many express a wish that he and Trump would run on the same ticket.

I’m a big Washington Redskins fan for decades,” says 68-year-old Mike Long, a Navy vet and former defense contractor. “But all of a sudden you can’t say that anymore because it’s racist? It’s bullshit!” “I’m against the anchor babies, and I’m against the Muslims,” says Kathy Parker, a tiny former elementary-school teacher with gold hoop earrings. “We can’t have churches in their countries—why should they have mosques in ours? He is the only one with the guts to speak out and say it.” “We’re just tired of paying for people who don’t deserve to be here,” says Nina Lewis, a blue-eyed 33-year-old former sheriff’s deputy who is going back to school to be a veterinary technician. The other night, at a Trump rally in Alabama, a black protester who shouted “Black lives matter!” was surrounded by white men who punched and kicked him. Far from apologizing for this, Trump is gloating about it: “What an obnoxious, terrible guy that was,” he tells the crowd in Myrtle Beach, who turn around and hiss at the press on his cue.

He does a slow 360-degree rotation at his lectern, putting both thumbs up and displaying himself for the masses. “Our country is going to start winning again really, really soon. Really soon.” Trump’s family is with him tonight, and he calls them up onstage: his wife, Melania; adult daughters Tiffany and Ivanka; his 9-year-old son, Barron; Ivanka’s husband Jared; Melania’s Slovenian parents.

It feels joyous. “There is so much love in every room I go to,” Trump says, near the end of nearly an hour and a half of free-associative bombast, silly and sometimes offensive impressions, and insane pronouncements. “We want our country to be great again, and we know it can be done!” Twisted Sister comes on again, and the people start filing out, pumped-up and smiling to each other.

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