Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been attempting to defend a popularly discredited claim that he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering to the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
On Tuesday, he gained further criticism while defending his claim after he attempted to impersonate a reporter, an author to an article that referred to a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks,’ in _The Washington Post_.
Trump made gestures with his arms in an apparent impersonation of reporter Serge Kovaleski, now a reporter of the New York Times. According to The Guardian Kovaleski has a chronic condition that affects the movement of his arms, arthrogryposis.
Upon finding out about the impersonation, Kovaleski told the Washington Post The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record.’
Trump’s actions have been called outrageous’ and despicable.’
In a statement to NBC News Trump defends his actions, I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovalski (sic) is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence. I don’t know if he is J.J. or Muhammad Ali in his prime–or somebody of less athletic or physical ability. If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like.’
Donald Trump’s joke on New York Times reporter