You’ve seen it repeated time and time again on TV ads for Hillary Clinton — the claim that Donald Trump mocked a reporter’s disability.
But it’s all a lie — or should we say another lie.
The ads show Trump making spastic movements as he talks about New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital condition called arthrogryposis.
And the ads have spawned heaps of hate on social media such as this:
Dear Mr. #Trump , you mocked Mr. Kovaleski for his #disability ,as well as 53 M.Americans https://t.co/EK6SZo7kZV pic.twitter.com/So3zs8W5we
— tom (@latomatemasquee) August 23, 2016
There’s only one problem. Although arthrogryposis causes restricted joint movement, it does not cause spasms, Catholics 4 Trump reported.
As it turns out, that’s how Trump has described other people as well. Here he was describing his closest Republican rival for the nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz, who suffers from no disability whatsoever.
Look familiar? Therefore, while Clinton’s ads will depict Trump making spastic movements when he describes the reporter, they will never depict the reporter himself except in still shots like the one in the tweet above, because he doesn’t suffer from spasms.
The brouhaha began when Trump claimed that a large number of people in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center’s twin towers toppled on 9/11. As proof, he referred to an article Kovaleski had written when he was with The Washington Post:
In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, 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 on the other side of the river.
When asked about it later, Kovaleski claimed he couldn’t remember it — and he didn’t flail his arms when he did so. Here he is as proof.
When the media pounced on Trump for “mocking” Kovaleski, the Republican candidate claimed he’d never even met the man to the best of his recollection, and therefore couldn’t mock a condition of which he lacked no knowledge. Not to mention a condition that doesn’t include spasms.
“I would never mock a person who has difficulty,” Trump insisted. “I would never do it.”
But it doesn’t end there.
Upon further digging Catholics 4 Trump unearthed even more footage from the same rally, where Trump later used the same mannerisms to mock a non-disabled general.
“Oh, ISIS is very tough,” Trump said while flailing his arms.
An odd form of communication perhaps, but making fun of the disabled? Clearly not.
Trump supporter Ann Coulter got wind of the report and wholeheartedly agreed:
Perhaps Trump is not a subtle actor, but he’s utterly innocent of making fun of a disabled person.
Now consider the media’s role in manufacturing, and then protecting, this lie. Reporters were at Trump’s speech. They were filming it. They saw him do the identical imitation of a general during that same speech.
The media knew damn well that Trump does the arm-waving routine whenever he’s pretending to be a flustered person. But they never allowed the public to see the clip of Trump doing the same imitation of a general.
That is proof that the media knew they were lying.
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