First this form David Horsey, editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles Times:
Just how sociopathic is Trump?
Well, consider his latest demonstration of his total lack of compassionate humanity.
That a self-absorbed narcissist could become the leading presidential candidate for the GOP is hardly surprising, given the inherent narcissistic character ofr the neoliberal corporatist agenda the party has adopted.
But that such a candidate could openly mock a journalist for the simple fact of being disabled is simply breathtaking.
From BBC News:
Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has been criticised for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter.
Mr Trump performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally.
He has used a 2001 article by Mr Kovaleski to back up widely disputed claims that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks.
More from the Washington Post, where Kovakleski worked at the time of the 9/11 attacks:
The gesture was all the more personal because Kovaleski covered Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993, a tumultuous period for Trump in which he struggled through several financial setbacks.
“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,” Kovaleski said.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment on the record about the incident. A campaign official speaking on background said Trump was “not aware of any condition and was not mocking his physical appearance in any way.”
A New York Daily News headline sums up:
Donald Trump’s marathon of meanness reaches new low, mocks reporter’s physical handicap during campaign rally
And now for the video of the event, from CNN:
Trump mocks reporter with disability
Donald Trump is under fire again, this time for mocking a New York Times reporter that suffers from a chronic condition. CNN’s John Berman reports.
As for the rumors of celebrating Muslims, here’s an excerpt of a story from the 23 September Newark Star-Ledger:
Hours after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a story spread across the state: Palestinians in Paterson were celebrating in the streets.
Braced for a riot, the Paterson police rushed to South Main Street, the center of the city’s Middle Eastern community.
“When we got there,” Paterson Police Chief Lawrence Spagnola said, “They were all in prayer.”
In the ensuing days, the rumor went national, lighting up talk radio phone lines. In the end, it was nothing more than rapid-fire urban myth. But it spawned fear of a backlash against Middle Eastern residents that sent this vibrant strip of Turkish pastry shops and Palestinian groceries into virtual lockdown for days. And for Paterson, a downtrodden city struggling to remake itself, it was yet another black eye that is proving difficult to heal.
Ironically, five men were detained after a witness called police to report a group filming the burning towers, apparently celebrating, as ABC News reported:
Maria says she saw three young men kneeling on the roof of a white van in the parking lot of her apartment building. “They seemed to be taking a movie,” Maria said.
The men were taking video or photos of themselves with the World Trade Center burning in the background, she said. What struck Maria were the expressions on the men’s faces. “They were like happy, you know … They didn’t look shocked to me. I thought it was very strange,” she said.
She found the behavior so suspicious that she wrote down the license plate number of the van and called the police. Before long, the FBI was also on the scene, and a statewide bulletin was issued on the van.
The five were all Israeli citizens — three of them in the country illegally — and at one time were suspected of links to Mossad, the Israeli equivalent of the CIA. The intelligence links were never proven and the five were deported.
But Trump never mentioned them, needless to say.
They didn’t fit the narrative.