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Friday, March 29, 2019

The 'Intrinsic' President Trump Mocks Physically Challenged Journalist... and later My Administration (I) Will Cancel/Defund "Special Olympics" and then change my mind?

Just one of dozens news stories  - the video is easy to find!

2015: Trump mocks reporter with disability 7,205,491 views - CNN YouTube

The Journalist responds

... from Wikipedia at the above link ...

Comments by Donald Trump[edit]

In a speech at a November 24, 2015, rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the World Trade Center collapsed.[10]
After this claim was questioned,[11] the Trump campaign pointed to a September 18, 2001, Washington Post article that Kovaleski had co-authored with Fredrick Kunkle, as substantiation of the claim. According to the article, "law enforcement authorities 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."[12]
Kovaleski issued the following written statement in response to the Trump campaign's adoption of his report as an independent verification of New Jersey-based celebrations following the destruction of the World Trade Center:[10]
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.[13]
In apparent response to this written statement, Trump said in a November 25, 2015, speech in South Carolina: "You've got to see this guy: 'Uhh, I don't know what I said. Uhh, I don't remember,' he's going like 'I don't remember. Maybe that's what I said.'"[14] Trump bent his wrist severely and flailed his arms repeatedly as he spoke.
Trump was sharply criticized worldwide as a result of him mocking Kovaleski due to the fact that it was widely believed he mocked Kovaleski's disability. Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a condition causing joint contracture in his right arm and hand.[15]
[Emphasis added]  Following worldwide criticism, Trump said that he was not mocking Kovaleski's disability because he did not know what Kovaleski looked like.[16] Kovaleski has said that while reporting on Trump for the New York Daily News, the two had been on a first-name basis and had met face-to-face on a dozen occasions, including interviews and press conferences in the late 1980s.[16] That the two knew each other was corroborated by multiple other witnesses.[17][18]
In a tweet sent on November 26, 2016, Trump further characterized Kovaleski's written statement (see above) as a form of "groveling" and stated that Kovaleski had "pulled back from his [original] statement."[19]

Whether this offers perspective on President Trump's propensity to lie, or strong evidence of his values ... it is really, really sad.

The 'Intrinsic' President #Trump Mocks Physically Challenged #Journalist and the #Press ... and later My Administration (I) Will Cancel/Defund " #SpecialOlympics " and then change my mind?