The New York Times is accusing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump of ridiculing the physical handicap of a journalist, calling it “outrageous.”
At a rally in South Carolina on Friday, Trump cited a 2001 article by reporter Serge Kovaleski to defend his claim that Arab-Americans in New Jersey were seen “dancing in the street” after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Kovaleski — who suffers from arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that impairs the movement of his arms — has since denounced the report.
“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy: ‘Uhh, I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said,’ ” Trump said Friday, flailing his arms as he imitated Kovaleski. “This was 14 years ago – they didn’t do a retraction.”