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Politics

An Opinion: Trump is Back at it Again

Donald J. Trump is not fit to be the President of the United States. He does not reflect the people of the United States of America, rather, he imitates them. The intolerant, xenophobic, hate-filled republican candidate is back at it again, this time throwing punches at disabled persons. On Tuesday, November 24, republican hopeful Donald Trump mocked a physically disabled reporter in front of crowds at a South Carolina rally.

Serge Kovaleski is a reporter for The New York Times who suffers from a chronic illness called arthrogryposis. The disease restricts joint movement, and causes Kovaleski’s hands in particular to rest at unusual angles. Thus, the illustrious Donald Trump, found material for his disrespectful, bigoted brand of comedy.

At the rally, Trump contorted his body and made wild gestures, shaking his wrists and cocking his head, to imitate Kovaleski’s uncontrollable condition. Although, he never referenced Kovaleski by name, there was no doubt with regard to Donald’s malicious intent.

Over the past week or so, Trump has continued to defend bogus claims that he saw “thousands and thousands of people,” muslims in particular, cheering and celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In order to support his claims, he repeatedly cites an article the Kovaleski co-wrote for The Washington Post.

In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

Nowhere does the article suggest that “thousands and thousands of people” were celebrating the tragic event, rather it discusses the possibility of an Islamic terror cell in Jersey City, New Jersey. Trump lacks the ability to substantiate his claims with true evidence. While he can brag about his intelligence and his money, as the American people, we must understand that just because Donald Trump claimed that he “saw” something, in no way validates its truth. In fact, it is easier to prove Donald Trump wrong than right.

When Kovaleski defended his work to hinder Trump’s claim, stating that his writing never used the word ‘thousands,’ in fact, he said he never even used the word ‘hundreds,’ Trump went on the offensive. And by offensive, I mean in two ways.

Trump viciously ridiculed Kovaleski’s disability and with a mockery tone imitated Kovaleski’s defense of the article, “Now the poor guy, you oughta see this guy — uh, I don’t know what I said, uh, I don’t remember. He’s going like, I don’t remember.”

Kovaleski remembered very well what he had written, he also remembered Trump. Kovaleski told The New York Times, that he first interviewed Trump in 1980, and has interacted with him at least a dozen times since. Trump, however, “despite having one of the all-time great memories,” claimed to not remember the reporter.

This incident is not the first time Donald Trump has made fun of other people in order to gain a following. In fact, after Charles Krauthammer, a report for NBC News and a paraplegic, called Trump a “rodeo clown,” Trump retailed by saying, ““I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?” This undoubtedly was a shot a Krauthammer’s disability.

Trump’s vicious ad hominem attacks to his opposition may elicit laughs at a rally right now, but if he continues his streak of blind arrogance and intolerance, he will become the laughing stock of the entire American political system. His unfounded claims that rely on circumstantial evidence and personal attacks, will not be able to substantiate his policies, or lack thereof, against an establishment politician, such as Hillary Clinton.

Blind Brook Focus writer Max Goldfarb lauds the Donald for his inattentiveness to “political correctness,” as he believes it will jumpstart the nation by changing the political landscape. While the landscape may be changing, the American people are not. The American people are a population founded on diversity – an aspect that Donald Trump cannot stand.

Face it Trump – there will always be mexican-immigrants, there will always be disabled persons, there will always be muslims, there will always be african-americans. And fine, we’ll give something to you. There will always be someone for you to offend.