When Trump was on the campaign trail, he got a lot of heat for appearing to mock a disabled reporter. I have to admit that it was one of the first things that made me dislike Trump; I could not support a man who would publicly mock anyone, but especially those less fortunate than himself.
However, it turns out it is only a half truth.
Trump did in fact mock the reporter and it just so happens that the reporter is disabled and the gesture Trump used to mock said reporter was a flailing of his hand, but I watched a video today compiled of several other clips of Trump and this appears to be the way he mocks most people, disabled or not. He used the same gesture to mock Ted Cruz.
So does that make a difference? Not really, in fact it might even make it worse. Here is a man who is supposed to be the leader of the nation and he publicly mocks people with a silly voice and this unfortunate gesture. And his mocking seems to have no limit. Any one who opposes him is open for mocking, so what happens if he mocks a dictator from another country? I doubt they will be as forgiving as the millions of people who voted for Trump here were.
And like most of his gaffes, this mocking incident seems to be following him like a bad odor.
The other night at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep used her time to bring up this incident and remind her fellow Hollywood elite that they had a job to protect journalists in order to protect the public. Now shame on Meryl Streep for perpetuating the false claim that he mocked the disabled and not pointing out the very true claim that he mocks many people this way. Her point, however, that a man in his position should not be mocking people stands. As much as I didn’t agree with Obama’s policies, at least the man was never seen on TV mocking people in a way that appeared he was mocking disabled people.
And Trump had the perfect opportunity to take this divisive gesture of Hollywood and turn it around. He could have come out and said that he apologized for the gesture, even though it wasn’t actually aimed at the reporter’s handicap. He could have come out and apologized for publicly mocking people at all. He could have said he would try to be more Presidential in the future, but did he? Of course not. Instead he took to Twitter to lambast Streep, Hillary, and the reporter all in one.
This is what concerns me the most about Trump. His lack of contrition, his inability to apologize, and his thin skin. These are unfortunate qualities in any human being, but they are dangerous qualities in a man who is supposed to be the face of our nation.
Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.