GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said that he “does not have time to be politically correct” when speaking of his mocking ridicule of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in a speech in Sarasota, Fla. last week. Kovaleski suffers from a disability that limits his muscular mobility. In that speech, Trump waved his arms uncontrollably and slurred his speech, in an apparent attempt to mimic Kovaleski.
In response to requests from Kovaleski for an apology, Trump has refused and has stated that he was not mimicking or ridiculing Kovaleski, according to ABC News on Sunday. Trump claimed that he simply was displaying a reporter’s “groveling.” Trump stated: “I don’t take that back because the person was groveling in terms of creating statements.” Trump had been using his recollection of Kovaleski’s article as proof of his allegations that thousands of people, including Muslims, were cheering after the 2001, 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Trump has denied ever having met Kovaleski, even though Kovaleski has stated that he and Trump were on a first-name basis for years. This observer finds Trump’s statements to be non-credible, especially when taking into account Trump’s own statement in that mocking speech: “You ought to see this guy.”
It appears to this observer that the more Trump tries to call attention to Kovaleski, that the more he calls attention to himself. It remains to be seen if this is the kind of attention that results in higher poll numbers, or if it simply is indicative of one man’s total lack of character and sensitivity towards the disabled.