Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was criticized Thursday after he mocked the handicap of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a speech earlier this week.
Kovaleski, who has disputed Trump’s claims that thousands cheered the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey, has arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that limits his arm movement.
In the statement, The New York Times expressed “outrage that [Trump] would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters.”
In a video of the event, Trump cited an article Kovaleski wrote when he was working for The Washington Post at the time of the 9/11 attacks, saying that law enforcement detained and questioned “a number” of people celebrating.
“I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating.
-Serge Kovaleski, New York Times reporter
“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.’”
-Donald Trump; Republican presidential nominee, as he flailed his arms and held his hand at an angle in front of his chest
“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.”
-Serge Kovaleski, to the Washington Post
Kovaleski covered Trump between 1987-1993 for the New York Daily News.
Trump slammed the Times in several tweets Wednesday night.