Why Trump’s attitude to disabled people offends me

A personal viewpoint by Sophie Abelscreen-shot-2016-11-09-at-14-06-56

At an election rally November last year, Donald Trump caused outrage when he openly mocked disabled journalist Serge F Kovaleskia.

The reporter suffers from a congenital disability which affects the movement of his arms.

Trump was seen and filmed making flapping gestures and facial twitches whilst speaking at the South Carolina rally specifically about Kovaleskia.

“Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,” Trump said. Which not only is patronising in itself referring to him as a ‘poor guy,’ but made the situation worse by portraying the journalist’s disability in a tactless way.

Watch the moment here.

The newly elected president has since denied that interpretation of his actions and stated he didn’t know who Kovaleskia even is.

He started by criticising an article that was written by Kovaleskia before unnecessarily waving his arms around in a careless and insensitive manner.

Having a physical disability myself, which affects all four of my limbs and leaves me wheelchair bound, I find it insulting that a high political figure has been accepted by the public as their leader.

It is surprising how they have turned a blind eye after witnessing his mocking first hand to not only disability but to people of other races, religions and to women’s rights.

Pro-Trump website ‘Catholics 4 Trump’ have defended this man in saying he makes similar gestures when mocking all.

And despite what happened at the Rally in 2015, last night’s election results show that as a state, Trump won South Carolina’s support by 55.8 per cent.

Taunting anyone when at his level of ‘importance’ should not be acceptable, taunting people in more vulnerable positions opens the gate for it to become ‘normal.’

If we have allowed this strong public figure to gain more power and control over moral conduct, who knows where he could lead the US to?

I strongly advise people to take a hard look at themselves and their beliefs to make sure this does not escalate any further.

This is the man who is now leading and representing the US all over the world.

To mock anyone is terrible but to mock a person’s disability is another level entirely.

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