Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made fun of a New York Times reporter’s chronic illness while defending his bogus claim that “thousands” of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks, Politico reported.
Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski during a campaign rally in South Carolina on Tuesday after calling him a “nice reporter.” Kovalevski lives with arthrogryposis, a condition that causes his hand to rest at unusual angles and is characterized by joint contractures. Kovalevski was working for the Washington Post at the time of the attacks.
“You ought to see the guy,” Trump said, before launching into a garish “impersonation” of Kovalevski that included random arm gesticulations. “‘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 and his campaign have attempted to seize on Kovalevski’s report in 2001 that police questioned “a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops” to justify their claims. But no video proof has been uncovered in connection to such incidents. The reporter himself said on Monday that he did not “recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”
Meanwhile, footage posted by Media Matters on Wednesday shows MSNBC host Joe Scarborough not only defending Trump’s take, but laughing at the real estate mogul’s crude display ridiculing Kovalevski.
Scarborough can be seen grinning widely after airing a clip of Trump’s remarks, before accusing news outlets of overreacting to “one element of truth” in Trump’s allegation.
Trump’s campaign has not issued a comment on his remarks regarding Kovalevski. But Politico also reported that his new national campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, referred to a decorated veteran appearing in a video for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) 2012 campaign opponent as “deformed.” Pierson later apologized.
Watch the footage, as posted on Wednesday, below.
BUSTED: Florida’s GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing
Gov. Ron DeSantis denied the Miami Herald access to a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing, the newspaper's Tallahassee Bureau Chief reported Saturday.
"Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to violate the state's public meeting laws and chose to exclude the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times from a media briefing at the Capitol," Mary Ellen Klas reported.
"His media staff told another reporter, NSF's Jim Turner, that if he insisted that we be allowed in, Turner would be kept out," she noted.
MSNBC’s Alex Witt holds back tears as wife of critically ill COVID-19 patient describes his swift decline
On MSNBC Saturday, Alex Witt interviewed Amy Breslow, a New Jersey woman whose husband Brett is critically ill in ICU with coronavirus and in need of plasma. As Witt listened, she grew visibly shaken.
"At what point did you know your husband needed to go to the hospital?" asked Witt. "Was it something that you saw slowly and then took a harsh turn? Tell me what happened there."
"He told me two weeks ago that he was not feeling well," said Breslow. "He started with a fever on the 16th, chills, fatigue. The 17th, I took him to urgent care. They tested him for regular flu, which was negative. They did not have any coronavirus tests available at the urgent care. There were no kits, so they examined him, his lungs, his vital signs, everything was stable. They gave him your typical, rest, fluids, take Tylenol, Motrin. Wednesday, his fever seemed to break, Thursday the fever came back."
Trump attacks governors requesting medical resources as ‘little problem children’ in unhinged rant
On Saturday, ahead of seeing off the naval hospital ship USNS Comfort on its way to New York to deal with the coronavirus hot zone, President Donald Trump once again lashed out at governors requesting medical resources, calling them "a couple of little problem children."
"I would say we'll use [the Defense Production Act] again once or twice," Trump told a reporter on the White House lawn. "We have a couple of little problem children, and we'll use it where we have to. But overall, I tell you, the private, free enterprise system is at work like nobody's seen in a long time."
Presumably, Trump is referring to Govs. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), with whom he is feuding publicly and has attacked by name multiple times in recent days.