(Above) Charles Krauthammer
On Donald Trump’s penchant for making fun of crippleds.
In a recent controversy, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump maintains he was completely misunderstood, and was not mocking reporter Serge Kovaleski at a rally, but merely depicting any flustered reporter backpedaling on something he had written. Trump crooked his wrist in a manner resembling an MS patient who stammered out his speech, although Kovaleski speaks normally. Kovaleski has a condition which deprives him of use of his right arm.
All a misunderstanding, declared Trump in a statement. Trump said he had no idea who Kovaleski is, what he looked like, or that he was disabled, even though Trump said before launching his depiction: “This poor guy, you’ve got to see this guy.”
Trump supporters cried out that once again their candidate was being smeared and libeled, and that the candidate should think of suing.
Now it turns out that this was not Trump’s first foray into mockery of someone’s infirmities. After syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer derided Trump as a “rodeo clown,” Trump lashed out in an NBC interview that Krauthammer “can’t buy a pair of pants.”
“and then I get called by a guy that, can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?”
Krauthammer was paralyzed in a diving board accident in his early twenties, and lives in a wheelchair. Trump supporters have already taken the position that the remark referred to Krauthammer’s financial stability. But, a medical doctor who graduated from Harvard Medical School, Krauthammer lives in Chevy Chase, MD, a suburb of Washington DC and one of the wealthiest zip codes in the country.
Trump had a tough week after insisting that he personally saw “thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11, and citing Kovaleski’s article in support of this. The article, however, only reports that NJ police had investigated “allegations” of tailgate-style parties, which were never confirmed as true. NJ law enforcement maintains that the reports were false.
Then-NJ Attorney General and the state’s top law enforcement officer John Farmer told the New York Times:
“We followed up on that report instantly because of its implications…The word came back quickly from Jersey City, later from Paterson. False report. Never happened.”
Ironically, “Middle Eastern” had been reported celebrating, high-fiving, and posing for pictures flicking cigarette lighters in front of the burning towers, but according to FBI reports they turned out to be Israeli, some of them confirmed Mossad agents, the Israeli intelligence service.
And little known to many, early reports of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrating the 9/11 attacks turned out to be dubious, when a German reporter tracked down people in the pictures. One woman, Nawal Abdel Fatah, said she was duped into clowning for the camera by men giving out sweets.
The German Magazine Der Speigel reported:
The Palestinian woman had stated that she was shocked when she saw the context in which their jubilation was shown. They abhor the acts in New York and Washington.
Trump’s popularity seems to be due to two things:
– A leadership vacuum within the two major parties, of anyone who does a good job of explaining to Americans why they are losing ground: expensive Zionist wars, mismanagement of the currency, trade deals which drive Mexican farmers north because they can no longer make a living (NAFTA.) But these require political courage and the ability to explain the complex, so that ordinary people can understand it. The candidate who came closest recently was Ron Paul.
– People are lazy and don’t have the patience to read and learn about complex issues. It’s easier to line up behind someone who is loud and brash and who scapegoats a group of people for everyone’s problems. Like immigrants and Muslims. Just as Hitler blamed the Jews for all of Germany’s problems.
(Above) Speech for which Trump is criticized for mocking reporter Serge Kovaleski
Trump interview, saying “and then I get called by a guy that, can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?”