If you thought racism and Islamophobia was about as far as Donald Trump would go, you could not have been more wrong.
The GOP primary frontrunner was speaking to a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, when he decided to defend his recent claim about people in Arab neighborhoods of New Jersey cheering after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The law enforcement and government officials, who were in New Jersey in the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Centers, have already fact-checked and discredited his assertions. However, Trump has been adamant that he witnessed thousands celebrating the horrific tragedy on national Television.
While on stage, the real-estate mogul criticized New York Times investigative reporter for his recent recollection of an article, which Trump alleges, collaborated his seemingly Islamophobic claim. Doubling down on his stance, he even mocked the journalist’s physical condition.
Former Washington Post reporter Serge Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis – a congenital musculoskeletal disorder that visibly limits the mobility of his arms.
“Now, the poor guy – you've got to see this guy, 'Ah, I don't know what I said! I don't remember!” Trump said as he made gestures and rigidly jerked his arms in front of his body, first noticed by Ben Schreckinger at Politico.
A campaign official told the Post that Trump was “not aware of any condition and was not mocking his physical appearance in any way.” However, Kovaleski claims the reality-TV star was very much aware of his condition, as the reported covered Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993.
"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," the journalist explained.
Watch the video above to see Trump mocking the reporter.