Donald Trump is accused of mocking a disabled New York Times reporter, but he denies that this is what he was doing. Trump said that he did not know the reporter that he is accused of mocking. Trump is one very animated guy and this is not the first time he’s exaggerated his facial expressions and used his hands to make a point.
According to MSN News on November 26, Trump said he has no idea who Serge Kovaleski is and he wouldn’t know him if he ran across the guy because he has no idea of what this guy even looks like. The allegations that Trump mocked this reporter came after he discussed an article written by this man. The article that Trump was referring to was written 14 years ago. While the reporter is adamant that he met Trump back then, Trump is saying that he didn’t remember ever meeting this reporter.
Trump’s movements while citing this reporter may have seemed to imitate Kovaleski, whose chronic condition leaves him with impaired movements in his arms. Many who didn’t know the reporter just thought Trump was being his animated self. While Trump may have appeared to mimic this reporter to some folks, you can pull up any of the very animated clips that have been taken of Trump on the campaign trail. He is constantly exaggerating his movements when making a point. This is just who he is.
According to CNN Money today Trump explained what he was doing, “I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance.”
Trump posted his response to these accusations on his Twitter account saying: “I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovaleski is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence. I don’t know if he’s J.J. Watt or Muhammad Ali in his prime – or somebody of less athletic or physical ability.”
The New York Times calls Trump’s alleged mocking of one of their reporters “outrageous.” As “Fox News” suggested during a live segment on Thanksgiving Day, these allegations probably won’t hurt his numbers in the polls. People like Trump because he is saying what people are thinking but afraid to say today. He has the nation’s attention. People are tired of being “politically correct.” With Trump being the anti-politically correct candidate, many of his supporters see him as speaking for the majority.