NEW LOW: Donald Trump mocks disabled journalist Serge Kovaleski during South Carolina campaign event.
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is under fire for mocking a New York Times reporter’s physical handicap during a campaign speech in South Carolina on Wednesday, Politico reports. I would say this is a new low for Donald Trump, but we have seen this and more coming from the new face of the Republican Party.
Trump imitated reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from Arthrogryposis, which is a physical condition that affects joints. He described Kovaleski as a “nice reporter” and then mocked is arm and hand movements, telling the audience, “you ought to see the guy. Uhh, I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.” Trump continued his crude reenactment of Kovaleski’s movements, adding, “He’s going, I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.”
Donald Trump performed the imitation to defend his claims that he saw “thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11. Kovaleski wrote an article for The Washington Post in 2001 about FBI investigations in New Jersey following the terrorist attacks. He told CNN on Tuesday that he does “not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating.”
A Twitter user named Richard Kirby wrote on Thursday, “Donald Trump making fun of a handicapped reporter. How sorry can one get. This guy wants to be president? What a joke!”
He tweeted this response:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
The Face of the Republican Party: Donald Trump mocks disabled journalist: