Trump Denies Mocking Reporter's Disability
The New York Times has blasted Donald Trump for appearing to ridicule a disabled journalist at a rally in South Carolina.
Trump had been defending his claim that Muslims were seen celebrating in New Jersey following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
At one point in the video above, the GOP presidential candidate is seen folding his arms and appearing to impersonate reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.
“We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” a Times spokesman told NBC News.
Trump now says that he does not know Kovaleski, nor was he aware of his disability.
I do not know the reporter for the @nytimes, or what he looks like. I was showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
But the reporter says he has interviewed Trump many times, and the two have been on a first-name basis for years.
So what’s the verdict?
Howard Kurtz sounded off on the incident on “Happening Now,” saying that while “Trump has gained great ground here by making fun of reporters on Twitter… this time, I think it’s evident that he stepped over a line.”
Get more insight from Kurtz above, and read more on the backstory here.