Donald Trump’s integrity deficit is getting more noticeable. It was apparent that Mr. Trump had an integrity deficit when he questioned John McCain’s patriotism. What Mr. Trump said about Sen. McCain was beyond despicable. Now Mr. Trump’s said something that should make his most faithful followers dump him. He mocked a reporter with disabilities for not corroborating Mr. Trump’s wild allegations about “thousands and thousands” of Muslims partying in New Jersey while watching the World Trade Towers collapse.
It’s terrible that Mr. Trump would make up a wild allegation like that. It’d be polite to say that Trump’s story is a fairy tail. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Mr. Trump’s story a lie. Originally, Mr. Trump said “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
Trump clearly stated that “thousands and thousands of people” in Jersey City, NJ cheered the Trade Towers’ collapse. Mr. Trump didn’t stumble. He didn’t accidentally say one thing while meaning something else. People know that because Mr. Trump hasn’t changed his recall of the story.
Unfortunately for Mr. Trump, he hasn’t learned the first rule of holes, which is ‘if you’re in one, stop digging.’ Mr. Trump didn’t just not stop digging. He then ridiculed a man born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis.which is described as “Arthrogryposis is a general or descriptive term for the development of nonprogressive contractures affecting one or more areas of the body prior to birth (congenitally). A contracture is a condition in which a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent (flexed) or straightened (extended) position, completely or partially restricting the movement of the affected joint.” The reporter’s name is Serge Kovalevski.
According to Politico, “Trump went on, ‘Now the poor guy, you ought to see the guy: ‘I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.’” As he spoke, Trump launched into an impression which involved gyrating his arms wildly and imitating the unusual angle at which Kovaleski’s hand sometimes rests.”
Mocking a person’s physical appearance is beyond mean-spirited when that person was born with disabilities. That’s proof of Mr. Trump’s integrity deficit but it isn’t the only proof. Then there’s this proof:
Defense 1. Trump didn’t know Koveleski was disabled.
According to Mr. Kovaleski, that isn’t the truth:
‘Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,’ said Kovaleski. ‘I’ve interviewed him in his office. 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.’
Not only does that impeach Mr. Trump’s statement that he didn’t know Mr. Kovaleski was disabled, it proves that Mr. Trump didn’t hesitate in mocking a man he knew had a serious birth defect. Mr. Trump didn’t care about that. Mr. Trump’s main concern was ridiculing a man who questioned his story of “thousands and thousands” of people in Jersey City, NJ were cheering the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
Anyone comparing Mr. Trump with President Reagan doesn’t have their head screwed on straight. President Reagan was the opposite of Mr. Trump because President Reagan didn’t have a vindictive bone in his body.
Mr. Trump can’t tolerate people portraying him in a negative light. That’s when he lashes out the strongest. That’s when his integrity deficit shines brightest.