While most of America was spending time with their families, and quite possibly arguing over the dinner table about Donald Trump (seriously), Trump himself spent Thanksgiving frantically attacking the disabled New York Times reporter he had previously mocked.
After video surfaced of Trump physically imitating the movements of Serge Kovaleski, a reporter suffering from a devastating musculoskeletal disorder that affects the ability for him to move his arms, Trump faced a rare backlash from both Republicans and Democrats over his behavior. Kovaleski was placed in Trump’s crosshairs because he had the audacity to contradict Trump’s lie about “thousands and thousands” of American Muslims cheering in New Jersey during 9/11.
Speaking with the Daily Beast, Kovaleski recalled:
“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 story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory. But 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.”
His memories jive with what other reporters and residents of New Jersey have been saying as well. It’s also true that despite apprehension from law enforcement in the days after 9/11, no New Jersey Muslims were ever even charged with a crime after being allegedly seen celebrating. (It was a confusing and scary time, and it’s entirely possible that neighbors projected their fears onto local Muslims, misreading their behavior as “celebrating” the attacks, when that was not the case.)
Despite being debunked so thoroughly as to be incontrovertibly false, Trump – and his legions of supporters – continue to insist this non-existent event happened. As Addicting Info uncovered previously, Trump himself was interviewed in the days after 9/11 and when walking the reporter through his experience, he makes no mention of witnessing Muslims celebrating.
For the crime of telling the truth, Kovaleski was personally attacked at a Trump rally.
Rather than apologize or, better yet, admit he is incapable of upholding the duties of the Office of the President, Trump claimed his exaggerated arm movements were just a coincidence and he that he was simply making fun of Kovaleski for being “flustered.”
You be the judge:
Trump’s sense of shame apparently non-existent, on Thanksgiving Day he tweeted a statement that called on the New York Times to apologize for “accusing” him of mocking Kovaleski and went on to attack Kovaleski personally for “grandstanding” about his disability.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
In part, Trump said, “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 paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”
Featured image via Bipartisan Report