Donald Trump has stooped to a new low by mimicking a disabled New York Times reporter.
Trump had already attacked American Muslims by claiming that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks.
The republican front runner later backtracked after he was debunked for misleading the public on his outrageous claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks and instead relied on references in a 2001 Washington Post article by Mr Kovaleski to back up widely disputed claim.
The original Washington Post article by Mr Kovaleski said that 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 while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river”.
Kovaleski has said he does “not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating” and for that reason the Donald got pissed of with him. In his speech at South Carolina, Trump berated Kovaleski’s rebuttal in a manner that was deemed “despicable” by some.
The author Serge Kovaleski currently works for the New York Times and suffers from a chronic condition called arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his arms.
Trump mocked the handicapped journalist at a South Carolina Rally by waving his arms around with his hands at an odd angle.
He later denied mimicking the journalist and went on to say: “He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a newspaper that is rapidly going down the tubes.” The New York Times was offended by Trump’s remarks and was hoping for an apology. Instead the Billionaire troubleshooter went even further down the rabbit hole by being critical of Kovaleski and demanding an apology from The New York Times. God bless America, she needs it and all the good Karma that is due to her to get a new captain at the helm.
The New York Times was offended. “We find it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” a spokesperson told CNNMoney.
Kovaleski, who had previously worked at the Washington Post and the New York Daily News, had covered Trump many times in New York.
Trump, however, said he did not know Kovaleski.
“I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovalski (cq) is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence,” Trump said in a statement.
“Somebody at the financially failing and totally biased New York Times said that, over the years, I have met Mr. Kovaleski. Despite having one of the all-time great memories I certainly do not remember him,” the candidate added.
Trump said that in his speech at the rally “I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance.”
In a subsequent statement, Trump demanded an apology from the New York Times and was critical of Kovaleski.
“Serge Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did.
“He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a newspaper that is rapidly going down the tubes,” Trump said.
Trump’s performance at the rally was prompted by challenges to Trump’s repeated claim that he saw “thousands” of Muslims celebrating in Jersey City, N.J., as the World Trade Center towers burned and fell during the 9/11 terror attack.
Both sides have cited a story Kovaleski had written in 2001 when he worked for the Washington Post that said authorities had detained “a number of people” in Jersey City who had allegedly been seen celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
Kovaleski’s story referred to FBI probes of the alleged celebrations, but quoted no witnesses and contained no specific evidence that celebrations occurred.
He was interviewed this week by the Washington Post about his 2001 reporting. “I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember,” Kovaleski told the Post.
During Trump’s Tuesday night speech, he used an exaggerated voice and arm actions as he pretended to be Kovaleski.
“Now the poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy: ‘Uhh, I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said,’ ” Trump said.
Shortly before Trump issued his denial, the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the disabled, said it was “unacceptable” to have a “presidential candidate mocking someone’s disability as part of a national political discourse.”
Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation, offered to provide sensitivity training to Trump and urged the candidate to apologize to Kovaleski.
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