All right, you guys. We have to talk about this.
I spent my short holiday break unplugged from politics. I was drained. I just wanted to focus on laughing and eating my bodyweight in pie. (Btw, I think my family broke a record. We had over 12 pies. So I’m actually jogging in place as I’m writing this. Not actually, but I really should be.)
While I was unplugged, my mom asked me if I heard about Trump mocking disabled New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski. She was seething, and as the full time caregiver for my disabled sister, I can understand why. I brushed it off and told her I’d watch the video later.
Here it is, in case you missed it.
I don’t know much about the reporter, but I DO know that mocking someone’s disability is classless. Crass. Distasteful. That’s the nicest way I can put it. I’m trying to be objective and aware of my own personal bias, because I know that I’m probably WAY more sensitive to this kind of stuff (having a sister with a disability) than the average person. And yes. I’m an equal opportunity mocker, but dude. Mocking a person’s disability? Low. Low freaking blow.
On the other hand, Trump’s mean to anyone and everyone who crosses him. He made fun of Carly Fiorina’s face. He made weird comments about Megan Kelly and blood. It just comes with the territory. That’s Trump. I don’t think he hates disabled people, just as I don’t believe he hates women. He’s mean to anyone who crosses him. It doesn’t make it right, but it is what it is.
Trump claims he doesn’t even know this guy and believes the entire situation has been blown up by MSM for no apparent reason.
I do not know the reporter for the @nytimes, or what he looks like. I was showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
He also released this statement:
Keep in mind, Kovaleski said he and Trump were “on a first-name basis for years.”
“I’ve interviewed him in his office,” Kovaleski said. “I’ve talked to him at press conferences. All in all, I would say around a dozen times, I’ve interacted with him as a reporter while I was at The Daily News.”
At the end of the day, I don’t think this will destroy Trump. I wouldn’t be surprised if his poll numbers go up again. It’s sad, because that’s how fed up people are with the media and establishment. They’re literally SO sick of their crap that they continue to give Trump free passes for lacking basic human decency.
What do you think, clever and competent readers? Was Trump intentionally mocking this guy, or was it just a passive thing that didn’t really mean anything? Further more, is he lying about this entire thing, or is he esuffering from a total memory lapse?