Republican candidate Donald Trump is, again, under the spotlight, after mocking a disabled reporter from The Times during a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday. Like expected, he claimed that he did nothing like this, as he just wanted to criticize his journalism. Also, Mr. Trump mentioned that the he had no idea about the reporter’s problem, but according to The New York Times, things are a bit different.
The newspaper released an archived news article this Friday, contradicting Donald Trump statement that he knew nothing about Serge Kovaleski, the reporter whose disability he appeared to mock.
Apparently, they knew each other
The reporter said that he had previously covered Mr. Trump numerous times while working for The Daily News. “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,” he said of the White House candidate in an interview.
Also, while working as a reporter for The Washington Post, Serge Kovaleski wrote an article, on September 18, 2001, describing the authorities’ detaining and questioning people who were alleged to have been seen celebrating on rooftops in New Jersey, after the 9/11 attacks.
Kovaleski was the author of an article Trump cited
The irony is that Donald Trump used the same article when he tried to justify one of his previous claims regarding this topic. As for Mr. Kovaleski, ever since the Republican made his statement, tried to say that his report did not bear out “thousands” or “hundreds” of people. The article did not address whether such claims had been substantiated, according to The New York Times, while officials said the the reports were unfounded.
Finally, after reading a paragraph from the article at the South Carolina rally, Donald Trump even mentioned Mr. Kovaleski, saying that he is “nice”, followed by “Now this poor guy, you ought to see this guy”. Then, he jerked his arms in front of his body, mocking the reporter who suffers from arthrogryposis, a condition that limits his ability to move his joints.