For all those in the White House Press Corps who think GOP candidate frontrunner and official chairman of the Orangutan Hair Club for Men, Donald Trump, could be our next president, we’re thinking of you after this latest humdinger.
It seems while the rest of us were enjoying family and regaling in old fashioned good times (or the vocal minority were escaping bathing and family responsibilities to camp out for an off-brand television), Trump was stumping in South Carolina.
Following taking the stage, he opened his mouth. And that’s usually when the #PRFail magic begins. The ire of his attention this time? The New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski.
Big deal? Someone smack talks an investigative reporter, right? Serge also battles arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), which visibly limits flexibility in his arms. And, according to Kovaleski’s employer (via Politico), Trump’s action at the rally and words toward the reporter are being called “despicable.”
His luxurious angst was stirred up a couple of weeks ago when Trump went bombastic about claims that American Muslims “cheered 9/11.” Never mind the Associated Press, the New York Times, and ABC News say that there were no such accounts, Trump continues to spread the widely-debunked rumor.
The article, dated September 18, 2001, was written by a younger reporter named… oh, lookie there… Serge Kovaleski. About that article and said reporter, Trump said this:
“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.
So, look at the featured photo (thank you, Reuters), and now meet Kovaelski. See the matching hands? Only one of those wrists are hanging uncontrollably. The other? Hanging unthinkably.
Your move, Times:
“We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” said a spokeswoman for the Times.
The article cited by Trump was written by Kovaleski when he worked for The Washington Post and stated that in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
“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.”
Following a few painful moments of sucking out loud, Trump denied ever making fun of him via PR and social media, and still took a moment to let us all know his superpower.
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
And then this:
“I have no idea who this reporter, Serge Kovalski [sic], is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence,” Trump said in a statement issued by his campaign on Thursday afternoon. “Despite having one of the all-time great memories, I certainly do not remember him. “I don’t know if he is [Houston Texans defensive end] JJ Watt or Muhammad Ali in his prime – or somebody of less athletic ability.”
Strange how the likeness of gesticulation is almost uncanny despite his ignorance or his stupefying memory. Maybe there’s another likeness — possibly Trump has been hit in the head to many times like boxers or football players have from time-to-time.