Thursday, November 26, 2015

"Outrage Mounts Over Trump’s Ridicule of Disabled Reporter"

From day one, political pundits have been predicting the demise of the Donald Trump presidential candidacy. Yet he not only seems to be doing well, leading in all of the polls of Republican primary voters, but each time he says or does something outrageous, he moves ahead of his GOP competitors even more.

Donald Trump might quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

The Donald’s latest offense was making fun of a handicapped New York Times reporter “who failed to corroborate the Republican presidential candidate's claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheered the toppling of the World Trade Center,” according to a report on

“… Trump … jerked his arms while imitating Serge Kovaleski, a journalist who suffers from arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that affects his movements.”

A spokesman for the NY Times is quoted as saying, "We're outraged that Donald Trump would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters.”

Trump’s behavior fits his own pattern: He acts and talks like a typical 6-year-old child on the playground. He never really considers the other person’s feelings. He just sees something which strikes him as funny or wrong and he reacts without thinking. 

Psychologists say Trump has no filter, just like a little boy. Mature adults normally filter themselves. They learned to think before they speak when they grew up. Trump never had to grow up.

A widespread and well-earned criticism of most professional politicians is that they are overly filtered. Everything they do or say comes across as phony because they have lost the ability to give an honest answer to a question.

I think that is a good part of the reason Trump seems so attractive to so many voters: Whether you like what he says or not, he says what he thinks. He is genuine. The others are or appear to be frauds.

Jay Ruderman, who runs his family’s foundation which “works to promote more inclusive policies for people with disabilities,” condenmed Trump’s childishness for mocking the disabled reporter:

"It is unacceptable for a child to mock another child's disability on the playground, never mind a presidential candidate mocking someone's disability as part of a national political discourse. Our presidential candidates should be moral examples for all Americans and not disparage people with disabilities, who make up twenty percent of the American population.”

Yet really, would you expect a 6-year-old boy to set a moral example for all Americans? If so, you won’t vote for Trump.

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