Republican front-runner twisted his arms in apparent imitation of Serge Kovaleskis arthrogryposis as he reiterated controversial 9/11 claims
The New York Times has criticised Donald Trump as outrageous after the Republican presidential front-runner mocked one of its reporters and appeared to imitate his disability.
In a speech to supporters on Tuesday night, Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski a reporter for the newspaper who has disputed Trumps claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 assaults while flailing and twisting his arms.
Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that affects joint movement.
In 2001, he was a journalist at the Washington Post and one of the authors of a report cited by Trump in defence of his 9/11 claim.( The Washington Post had now been added a disclaimer to the report, distancing it from the claims .)
The 2001 report said that law enforcement authorities[ in Jersey City] detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly assured celebrating the two attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops.
In the wake of Trumps insistence that thousands and thousands of people were cheering as the World Trade Center was destroyed, Kovaleski this week said he did not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating.
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 tale. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory.
I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember, he told CNN.
On Tuesday evening, at a rally in South Carolina, Trump tore into this account, telling supporters: Now the poor guy. You ought to see the guy: Err, I dont know what I told. I dont remember.
Hes running: I dont remember. Maybe thats what I said.
As he spoke, Trump waved his arms around and held his hand in front of his chest in a claw-like position.
The sad portion about it is, it didnt in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, dedicated his track record, Kovaleski told the Washington Post.
A spokesperson for the New York Times told Politico: We think its outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.
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