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At a rally yesterday, while citing to a Washington Post article by Serge Kovaleski to support his own whimsical version of 9/11, Donald Trump decided to emphasize his point by physically imitating Kovaleski, a man who suffers from arthrogryposis (a rare, congenital musculoskeletal disorder that limits the movement of his arms).
Trump went on, “Now the poor guy — you ought to see the 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.’” As he spoke, Trump launched into an impression which involved gyrating his arms wildly and imitating the unusual angle at which Kovaleski’s hand sometimes rests.
“We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” said a spokeswoman for the Times.
Throughout the early 90s, Kovaleski met Trump on multiple occasions while covering his businesses for the New York Daily News. You can see Trump’s impression above, but be warned, it’s not easy to watch. That is—unless your name is Joe Scarborough, who laughs hysterically as his cohosts gape on in horror.
Earlier in the week, Kovaleski said he couldn’t remember anyone anywhere ever claiming to have seen anything like what Trump says he saw: “I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”