Tuesday, Donald Trump, Republican candidate for President, had been defending his position that he had in fact seem “thousands and thousands, “people celebrating in New Jersey as the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11. Trump read aloud a news article from the Washington Post that stated that “In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.” The article’s author Serge Kovaleski has repeatedly tried to clarify the story saying that after investigating, police found no truth to the matter.
Trump has not backtracked or back off the claims of Arabs and Muslims celebrating. Tuesday, in an appearance in South Carolina, Trump commented on Kovaleski and said, “Written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy. You ought to see this guy “and this is where things went very, very wrong. Trump continuing his speech, went into what can only be described as pretending to have some sort of muscle disability, twisted his arms and flailed about. According to CBS News, Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis, which according to the National Institutes of Health, can impact the function and range of motion of joints and can cause muscles to atrophy. Kovaleski was familiar to Trump because he had, according to Politico, covered Trump for several years when he worked for the New York Daily News. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter now, commented on Trump’s impression of himself and said, “The sad part about it is: It didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record.” The New York Times also responded to Trump’s speech and said that “‘We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.” Trump’s campaign in his defense said that, Trump was “merely emphasizing the uncertainty of the verbal/written statement provided by the reporter in regards to his article.”
This is not the first time that Trump has taken a shot at the the media. The first Presidential debate led to a Twitter war between Trump, Fox News and Megyn Kelly, commentator for the news outlet. Trump has also commented on conservative commentators such as Hugh Hewitt, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson, Charles Krauthammer and George Will. Trump has argued those conservatives were either “total dopes or losers. Supporters of Trump stand by him and are proud of Trump being Trump, no matter who Trump takes on.