Monday 20 May 2019

Donald Trump slammed for ‘outrageous’ arm-flailing impression of disabled reporter

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sparked fury after doing an impression of a disabled New York Times reporter at a campaign event.

The businessman mocked journalist Serge Kovaleski who suffers from a condition called arthrogryposis affecting the movement in his arms.

Trump has repeatedly cited an article Kovaleski wrote in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in which he said a handful of people were arrested for celebrating the attacks in New Jersey.

Trump has used the article to suggest it was Arabs celebrating – however Kovaleski has clarified he did not recall anything like that.

In an event in South Carolina, Trump impersonated the respected journalist by flailing his arms in the air and putting on an odd voice.

Kovaleski is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist.

A spokeswoman for the Times said: “We think it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”

However Trump took to Twitter to blast the publication, telling it to concentrate on financial survival and not generating online traffic and hits thanks to him.

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