Debunking myth that Trump mocked reporters physical disability

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Sep 08, 2019, 18:46

Roger Cohen at the New York Times rained approval on Streep for having "singled out [Trump's] cruelty, as expressed in Trump's mocking imitation during the campaign of a reporter with a disability."

None of this is true.

As everyone has seen by now, Trump in late 2015 referred to Kovaleski's backtracking at one of his rallies, saying, "[The report was] written by a nice guy; now, the poor guy, you got to see this guy…"

Trump then started jerking his arms around and, in a mocking tone, said, "Ah, I don't know what I said! Ah, I don't remember!"

If Trump's purpose was to mock-imitate Kovaleski, anyone watching would have never known it; and not just because no one would know who Kovaleski is, if the media hadn't manufactured a controversy.

The media would have everyone believe Kovaleski has Parkinson's disease or at least Restless Leg Syndrome.

Anyone can search "Serge Kovaleski" on YouTube and see videos of the reporter. He doesn't jerk his arms around, in fact, because his mobility is limited. He's still.

A corpse would be doing a more accurate imitation.

By the way, Trump has mocked bank executives, Ted Cruz and the response President Obama's generals give to questions about fighting the Islamic State and he used the exact same affect as he did for Kovaleski.

Sep 08, 2019, 18:56




The True Story: Donald Trump Did Not Mock a Reporter’s Disability

At the Democratic National Convention speakers are repeating the claim, amplified ad nauseam by the left and establishment GOP opponents over the past year, that Donald Trump mocked the disability of New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski. This accusation has served as a very convenient tool to both smear Trump’s character and to avoid having to confront him on substantive political issues. But is it true? Here is the story the media is not telling you.

It all started  on November 21, 2015 when, at a rally, Trump said he remembered seeing reports of Arab Americans celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks on rooftops in New Jersey shortly after the twin towers fell. As he told George Stephanopolous in an interview the next day on ABC’s “This Week”:

TRUMP: “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering…as those buildings came down. And that tells you something…”

Stephanopolous and all of the major news outlets immediately denied the existence of any such news reports following 9/11. One paper, the Washington Post, even went so far as to write a detailed article claiming to “fact check” Mr. Trump. After an exhaustive review, the Post lectured that there was absolutely no evidence of Trump’s claim and deemed it false.

Imagine the Washington Post’s surprise when Trump uncovered one of the Washington Post’s own reporters, Serge Kovaleski, supporting the claim in an article Kovaleski wrote for them on September 18, 2001. Kovaleski wrote:

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.

Very embarrassing for the media, especially the Washington Post which had done such a great job scouring news reports after 9/11 that they missed their very own story on the subject. It was in this state of embarrassment that the media was desperate to distract from the matter. The Washington Post ended up finding  Kovaleski, now writing for the New York Times, so he could do damage control. Kovaleski predictably tried to backtrack from his 2001 account saying he didn’t remember the details:

“I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating,” said Serge Kovaleski, one of the reporters. “That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”

Enter Donald Trump’s rally in South Carolina soon thereafter. During the rally Trump pointed all of this out and paraphrased Kovaleski’s backtracking as he impersonated a groveling reporter changing his story under pressure. While he did this, Trump moved his hands around quickly, acting flustered.

Soon thereafter, the media revealed still photos of Kovaleski with his right hand in a permanently flexed position downward announcing that he was disabled. The media then shifted from trying to defend their oversight of the 9/11 Post article and instead, with disapproving shocked outrage, accused Trump of mocking a reporter’s disability. Some liberals went even further and freeze-framed a millisecond of the Trump video at the exact moment when his hand went into a flexed posture. Then they dishonestly put this screen capture side by side with a picture of Kovaleski’s flexed hand. Thus, you saw the following photo spread like wildfire over social media with commentary condescendingly and horrifyingly excoriating Trump as a monster:

The media’s clear implication was that Trump was mocking the way Kovaleski moved his arms. People watching the clip of Trump’s impersonation only knew that Kovaleski was disabled. Thus, they naturally assumed Kovaleski’s disability must be similar to cerebral palsy where he has limited control of his movements and is prone to have muscle spasms or move his arms in jerky motions as Trump was doing at the rally. This is precisely the image the media wanted in people’s minds. They wanted this to be the story: that Donald Trump knowingly and intentionally mocked the flailing arm motions of someone who can’t control his muscles. They knew this would naturally trigger a visceral reaction of disgust from viewers and outrage amongst the disabled and all decent Americans, many of whom, to this day, think this is exactly what happened. Is it?

What the media did not choose to show you was video of Serge Kovaleski. Notice how the media only showed and still shows photos of him. This was done for a reason. As it turns out, Kovaleski’s disability is a congenital condition called arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis causes restricted movement in the joints but does not cause spasms or uncontrolled moving of the limbs like cerebral palsy does.

To show the depths of the deceit, one CNN reporter explained, while displaying a still photo of him, that Kovaleski, “suffers from a chronic condition that impairs movement of his arms.” Again, the implication is that Kovaleski can’t control his arms from moving. To the contrary, Kovaleski appears perfectly calm when giving interviews. Thus, if Trump truly wanted to mock Kovaleski’s disability, he would have had to stand perfectly still with a flexed right hand and not flail his arms. don’t believe me? Watch the video:

In addition, Trump used the same flailing arm movements in a South Carolina rally to impersonate a flustered Ted Cruz being asked about waterboarding. To my knowledge Cruz is not physically disabled:

Thus the true story is as follows: Donald Trump embarrassed the media by finding the 9/11 Washington Post article. The media found the reporter who tried to backtrack. Trump impersonated the reporter backtracking. Media points out the reporter is disabled, but only releases still photos of his flexed hand. Public assumes from Trump’s impersonation and being told by the media that he is mocking a disabled man that the reporter must not be able to control his arms and Trump is a dirtbag who hates the disabled. In reality muscle spasms or involuntary arm movements are not part of the reporter’s disability. Therefore Trump could not be mocking a disability that doesn’t exist. Hear Trump respond to the claim below, which perfectly coincides with the series of events described above:

Thus, Trump’s impersonations of a flustered reporter several months ago was turned into a left-wing and Establishment GOP narrative whereby Trump somehow hates the disabled. This despite the fact that Trump has given millions to charities that help the disabled including raising nearly six million dollars for Wounded Warriors just recently, a million of which was his own money. In addition, Liz Crokin, a journalist who covered Donald trump for ten years recalls the following:

In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment…

In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl’s story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check

Please keep this in mind and spread the word whenever you hear the left continually claim Trump is against disabled people at the Democratic Convention this week.

UPDATED on 7/28/16

It turns out that at the very same South Carolina rally Trump imitated Kovaleski, he also used similar arm and hand gestures to imitate a very non-disabled general who was asked about ISIS. Do you remember the media reporting this? Watch below:

Also, in addition to Kovaleski’s 2001 Washington Post piece, further confirmation of Trump’s recollection came out to embarrass the media. As it turns out, Trump’s story was also confirmed on a local CBS station shortly after 9/11:


Sep 08, 2019, 19:52

Oh, he mocked him alright...he just did not mock the disability. 

Sep 08, 2019, 20:22


Another MSM, demonrat lie debunked. Yet the IIIs stIll out there. BUT when the truth breaks out the demonrats and GlobalIst MSM sInk! and boy are they sInkIng.

Sep 08, 2019, 20:45

Sep 08, 2019, 20:58

Who among you is seriously so stupid or brainwashed that you don't recognise this as mocking a disabled person?

Seriously, watch the video and say here and now if you still think that's not mocking a disabled person.

Sep 08, 2019, 21:44

Kovaleski was born in Cape Town nogal.

Sep 08, 2019, 22:33

Anyway how the hell would Trump know the guy was disabled or suffering from a disease?   He knew he wrote the truth about what happened and then had to make a groveling statement on the issue.

Why do I know it was the truth?   On the day of 9/11 I was attending a Municipal Council meeting in Stanger.   The office of  the Municipality is just about opposite the mosque.  Suddenly hundreds of men came out of the mosque shouting Allah Akbar and starting scratching the cars with nails - causing other damage and celebrating the news of  the attacks in the USA.    

Sep 08, 2019, 23:58

"Posted by: Rooinek (8980 posts)

Sep 08, 2019, 20:58

Who among you is seriously so stupid or brainwashed that you don't recognise this as mocking a disabled person?

Seriously, watch the video and say here and now if you still think that's not mocking a disabled person.  "

What Brandon Straka was also referring to.

Sep 09, 2019, 05:21

I am afraid what is expected of any political party is to frame different policies and give a strong context in that regard.    This has not happened since 2016.  All the propaganda against Trump were thus far based on lies and deception:-

Russian Assistance to Trump in the 2016 election

The whole concoction was a lie.  A dossier was produced by Steele and paid for by the Clinton Foundation was a basis for the allegations and was used as a reason to spy on the Trump election structure,   

The whole lot was manufactured by the Obama Administration and senior staff in the various Departments was acting on their instructions as to the whole saga.   They found willing participants in the US public service who was no doubt going to benefit from a Clinton win.   A serious case of corruption on highest level and the worst political scandal in the history of the USA,   

The truth is slowly emerging and the media is ignoring the evidence after three years of investigation coming out now.

The myth about Trump mocking a person with a disability

This story has been around for years.   The fact is there is zero proof about it and some people realized that it was a media and DP distortion as to what really happened.   It is clearly stated by an ex-Democrat Straka as one of the reasons that he found out what really happened and he left the DP in disgust.  He called it an outright lie and that was a fact in this case.  

Fact is that the Trump administration did more to help disabled war veterans than the Bush and Obama administrations combined did.

The racist story

The story started in 2016 and was used to scare African American and Latino voters to vote for Clinton.    That story was never confirmed in practice.   It all is all about whart Trump said about -

*    illegal alien migrants in the USA; and

*    the maladministration of the City of Baltimore by the DA municipal controlled Municipal Council and the Baltimore representative in Congress - Cummings.

Bernie Sanders made even more disparaging remarks about the living conditions in Baltimore, but obviously he is not a racist while Trump according to the media and the DP is a racist because he pointed out the conditions,  . It never was a racist attack it was an attack on prevailing conditions in Baltimore for which Cummings was partially responsible.

As to the open border policy of the DP and what is happening as to illegal migrants that is flooding into the USA it is slowly hitting home that their cheap labour is a threat to employment of  African Americans and Latinos already legal citizens of the USA.

That is why the support of Latinos and African Americans  for the DP has dropped by 17% and 20% respectively - this according to research done by two prominent US universities,    Would such large numbers of voters suddenly endorse a racist?   The problem is that the people from those two categories have found out that they are being used as voting fodder by the DP and then after elections  immediately discarded by them.   The media and the DP is in a panic - they realized that their propaganda is not working and their racist allegations are getting them nowhere,   So the hysteria is increasing,

If the drop in support of the magnitude as found by the Universities concerned is realized in 2020 the problem is that the DP in its present form will self-destruct.   They would lose around   10 million votes in such a case and  become irrelevant as a party losing more than 70 house seats and  more than 8 Senate seats in 2020.

The Woman Issue

This was another manufactured story.   The Venezuelan Miss Universe got fat beyond recognition within six months and was told by Trump as Chairman of the Controlling Body  to lose weight since it impeded her usage for the ordinary performance of the functions expected from her during her "reign".     Clinton made a huge issue of this case in the debates in 2016 to prove that Trump is against the females of the species.   

The real issue for the DP is to develop a realistic alternative policies - open borders, a socialist economy and free for all in college and health matters are not realistic and will cost the DP dearly in voter support.          




Sep 09, 2019, 08:35

"What Brandon Straka was also referring to."

Wehe . . . another Trumpanzee who thinks normal people click on his alt right propaganda links.

Ummm . . . here's a newsflash Ceradunce, I don't care what a gay Trumpanzee thinks about anything. You can fill me in on the gist of what he's saying if you like but I'm guessing it's just another stupid person putting some kind of spin on Bozo's disgusting behaviour to make it seem acceptable.

I'm asking you Trumpanzees to state whether you think Bozo is mocking disabled people in that clip or not . . . I don't need any 3rd party interpretation. Try thinking for yourself just for once. Go on . . . you can do it.

Sep 09, 2019, 08:59

Rooibozo you loser my posts prove categorically Trump was not mocking the reporters disability. 

Read the posts and render your abject apology. 

Poor ou rooibozo crashes yet again! ????

Sep 09, 2019, 09:52

"Wehe . . . another Trumpanzee who thinks normal people click on his alt right propaganda links. "

As opposed to a left wing stooge who thinks normal people click on his extreme left wing links to debunked fake news propaganda. 

Still waiting for that damning Meuller Report, leftie? News for you. It has been released months ago and Trump is still in the White House. Or are you still having sleepless nights because of the ever increasing number of, now working, black voters who are backing Trump? I'm, among others, talking about the ones who were told by Obama that the manufacturing jobs are lost forever and won't ever come back to the USA? 

Oh wait, according to the extreme left wing media, and the lefties, it was actually Obama who is responsible for the surge in job creation. You cannot make this shit up. :D:D:D

Sep 09, 2019, 10:32

Wehe says the dear! Poor rooibozo taking his daily pasting!!:D

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