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.
Ex-RNC head laughs and ridicules Trump for falling flat on his face in his war with Fauci
Appearing on MSNBC with host Ayman Mohyeldin, former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele burst out laughing and mocked Donald Trump over the White House's attempt to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying it would likely boost the doctor's credibility and drag the president down even further.
Reacting to an NBC report that the Trump White House has created a tip sheet for reporters built to damage the top health official's reputation -- only for the press to instead focus on the fact that the White House is attempting to deflect responsibility for botching the COVID-19 health crisis -- Steele said Trump is losing the public relations war.
The View’s Meghan McCain erupts over criticism of the GOP — until Whoopi Goldberg finally cuts her off
"The View" host Whoopi Goldberg threatened to go to commercial break if Meghan McCain and Joy Behar didn't stop arguing.
The disagreement started in Monday's opening segment, when Behar claimed Republicans didn't care about education and McCain objected to the broad-brush criticism of her political party, and then bled into the second segment.
"I want to make one thing clear," Behar said, during a discussion of the White House turning on Dr. Anthony Fauci. "When I speak about Republicans, Meghan, I'm talking about the leadership in Congress, I'm not talking about the run-of-the-mill Republican voter. So do not say that to me again, okay?"
‘I didn’t do nothing!’ New York police tackle and Taser Black protester for getting in officer’s face
Police in Brooklyn were seen tackling and then firing a Taser at a Black man who shouted in an officer's face.
Video shared by journalist Scooter Caster shows a white officer yelling at a Black man.
When the Black man shouts back, another officer runs toward the man and tackles him.
After the man returns to his feet, the first officer fires a Taser, knocking the man back to the ground.
"Oh, he's going to lose his job," one protester notes.
Within seconds, officers restrain the man as he objects.
"You Tased me!" the man screams. "I didn't do nothing!"