In characteristic fashion, Donald Trump responded to criticism by lashing out with a tweet. This time it responded to a Priorities USA ad titled “Grace” featuring parents of a disabled child dismayed by Trump mocking a disabled reporter. “The children at Grace’s school all know never to mock her,” says Grace’s mom. “And so for an adult to mock someone with a disability, is shocking.”
“I would NEVER mock disabled,” tweeted Trump. While Trump’s lies are legion, Trump surprisingly admitted he lied in his tweet’s opening sentence.
Every English-speaking child knows the meaning of “mock” without consulting a dictionary. For Trump’s sake, the Oxford English dictionary defines “mock” as: “mimic (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously.” Other dictionaries vary, but “imitation” or “mimicking” in a “scornful” or “contemptuous” manner are common elements.
With this definition in mind, let’s revisit the original incident and Trump’s purported defense. Last fall Trump took issue with a reporter who criticized Trump’s (mis)statements about celebrations after 9/11. “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” Trump said of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, forecasting a visual impression. Trump raised his hands, wrists bent, and flailed his arms while (purportedly) quoting the reporter, “uh, I don’t know what I said, uh, I don’t remember.” The crowd laughed.Read the rest of this op-ed HERE.
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