Trump Called out for Appearing to Mock Disability

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Donald Trump called out for appearing to mock disability.

Donald Trump has denied claims that he mocked a New York Times journalist whose disability he appeared to mimic during a campaign speech, and demanded an apology from the paper. “I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovalski is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence,” Trump said in a statement issued by his campaign on Thursday afternoon.

The Republican presidential candidate was defending his remarks about Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11 when he derided journalist Serge Kovaleski. 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.

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. Trump, whose voice took a mocking tone, said, “Poor guy, you ought’a see this guy,” then gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski’s movements. 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 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. Ruderman said Trump would benefit from a “series of sensitivity training sessions” and offered to provide them to help him better understand people with disabilities. “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.

In August, while speaking to a crowd outside Norwood, Massachusetts, Trump hit Mrs Clinton and lodged multiple attacks on Huma Abedin, saying the aide should not have had access to the kind of information she did while Clinton was secretary of state. The presidential candidate said in October that if he was elected president he would send back Syrian refugees taken in by the US because they “may be the self-styled Islamic State (IS) militants in disguise”. He says he has a plan to counter ‘jihadist’ ideology in America: Tear apart the First Amendment of the American constitution on which this country is founded.

He voiced his support for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States, after an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris. The billionaire businessman, the front-runner in the race to become the Republican party’s White House nominee, has raised hackles with his controversial comments on immigration, gun control and women, among other issues.

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.

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