Despite facing a flurry of critics since the start of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has managed to find some staunch supporters of his own who come up with some of the most bizarre cases to defend their candidate.
One such person is the conservative writer and lawyer Ann Coulter — who has released an entire book defending the Republican nominee.
Since the very beginning, Trump has said some seriously unacceptable things, yet his Trumpeters have been quick to exonerate him — often branding his words as “jokes” or “misinterpreted” or “lies by the media.”
Coulter herself has written in the book, titled “In Trump We Trust.”
“There’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven," she writes. "Except change his immigration policies.” (Funny you should mention that, Ann. Talk about timing.)
One passage in the book discusses the time Trump mocked a physically disabled New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski. The reporter suffers from a musculoskeletal disorder called arthrogryposis that affects the joints. During a campaign stop in November, Trump referenced Kovaleski’s article — which was written in regards to the GOP nominee’s 9/11 stance — and imitated the reporter by twisting his arms close to his chest and flaying them, while shouting, “Ahh, I don't remember, I don't remember!”
Coulter, in a chapter titled “Disabled Reporter Joins Media Effort to Create More Disabled Americans,” defended Trump’s abhorrent antics by saying of Kovaleski, “He doesn’t jerk around or flail his arms. He’s not retarded.”
She went on to point out the difference between Trump’s mocking imitation and Kovaleski’s condition, implying it was not a personal attack.
“He was doing a standard retard, waving his arms and sounding stupid,” she writes.
So, apparently, it was not an attack on one individual but on the entire disabled community, which makes it all OK, according to Coulter.
However, it’s obvious why Coulter tried to absolve Trump of this inexcusable behavior. A recent poll by Bloomberg found, that even though Trump has a history of misogyny, racism and Islamophobia, his terrible impression of Kovaleski was what bothered the voters the most.
Although Trump was able to get through to the Republican primary, he has been struggling to keep his momentum going in the general election.
A poll from Quinnipiac University gives Hillary Clinton a massive edge over Trump and puts her at 51 percent, while putting her Republican counterpart at 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup.
An analysis by Reuters, released Thursday, showed Clinton has a 95 percent chance of winning the election if they were held today.
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