Wednesday 20 November 2019

'Trump didn't snub my son': JK Rowling criticised by mother of disabled boy for inaccurate Trump claims

JK Rowling (Yui Mok/PA)
JK Rowling (Yui Mok/PA)

Helena Horton

JK Rowling has been criticised by the mother of a disabled child for claiming Donald Trump refused to shake the boy's hand.

The author tweeted multiple times, lambasting the President for what she said was "looking deliberately over a disabled child's head, ignoring his outstretched hand".

However, footage shows that he did shake the child's hand, and the clip JK Rowling tweeted simply showed the boy waving his secret service patch.

A woman claiming to be the son's mother wrote on Facebook: "Ummmm...if someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn't snub my son & Monty wasn't even trying to shake his hand.

"(1. He's 3 and hand shaking is not his thing, 2. he was showing off his newly acquired secret service patch). Thanks".

JK Rowling wrote: "Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition.

"This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump.

"My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it.

"So, yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child's head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw.

"That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect.

"How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President."

Many have criticised JK Rowling for not retracting her statement:

Chelsea Clinton had retweeted JK Rowling's claims about Donald Trump. However, when she was shown the full video, she admitted her error.

Ms Clinton wrote: "Hello Piers-I hadn't seen the full video until now. I removed the retweet. And, the President should have shaken the boy's hand at the end."

JK Rowling has not yet responded to those who asked her to delete or retract  her tweets.

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