Good example of how anti-Trump social media spreads falsehoods.
JK Rowling found herself in the midst of a Twitter storm after retweeting a partial video that misrepresented President Trump’s interaction with a boy in a wheelchair. Rowling, however, didn’t stop at a mere retweet, she went on a six tweet tirade against the president.
She’s now apologized, not to the President whom she wrongfully accused, but to the boy to whom the president paid special attention and to the boy’s family. She has also deleted the original, misguided tweets.
The whole thing started when an aide to Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted the misleading video with a snarky comment about President Trump. He subsequently deleted the tweet, but not before Rowling hopped on her anti-Trump soap box via Twitter.
An aide to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) tweeted a misleading video on Friday of President Donald Trump seeming to ignore a wheelchair-bound child.
Ansel Herz, the deputy communications director for Jayapal, tweeted out a video which appeared to show the president ignoring a youngster in a wheelchair reaching up to try and touch Trump’s hand or shake it.
Child in wheelchair reaches up twice to shake the president’s hand pic.twitter.com/v2cNVwX9Je
— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) July 24, 2017
The clip came from a statement on health care Trump delivered on Monday, amid the Senate’s haggling over their repeal-and-replace bill for Obamacare.
“If you’re disgusted by this, follow my boss: @RepJayapal. People call her ‘the anti-Trump,'” Herz wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Herz subsequently deleted the tweet, tweeting:
Deleted an earlier tweet because it turned out to be missing some context. Apologies.
— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) July 29, 2017
Though Rowling’s tweets have now been deleted, we have them archived:
Rowling faced fierce backlash for this unhinged tirade, including from former CNN host Piers Morgan, who noted that Rowling left the misleading and false tweets up for three days:
For 3 days she has left this up, knowing it's a lie.
Quite extraordinary. https://t.co/toQFxfFiiw
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 31, 2017
The mother of the boy in question blasted Rowling.
A mother has lashed out at JK Rowling, saying that the Harry Potter author wrongly said Donald Trump ignored her disabled son during a recent meet-and-greet.
Rowling had criticised the President for what she described as a snub against the small boy. Marjorie Kelly Weer, the mother, said that the author’s interpretation of a clip showing their meeting was simply wrong.
“If someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even trying to shake his hand,” Ms Kelly Were wrote in a post on Facebook.
The mother clarified the events further, saying that her three-year-old son isn’t all that keen on shaking hands anyway. She also said her son was excited about a secret service patch he had been given, and was more excited about showing that off.
Eventually, after letting her tweets stand for three days, Rowling finally responded to the intense criticism, deleted the tweets, and apologized to the boy and his family, but not to President Trump.
In their article, “Rowling apologizes to family of disabled boy but REFUSES to say sorry to Trump for falsely saying the President refused to shake his hand after outrage led by Piers Morgan,” the Daily Mail reports:
JK Rowling has apologized to the family of a disabled boy after she hit out at President Donald Trump on Twitter for falsely accusing him of refusing to shake the boy’s hand.
The author’s apology came after her tweets were called out by Piers Morgan, however she has still refused to apologize to Trump for her accusations.
‘Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction,’ Rowling tweeted just after 2pm on Monday.
‘I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw and if that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly.
‘These tweets will remain, but I will delete the previous ones on the subject.’
Her refusal to acknowledge that she besmirched President Trump unjustly is a boon for the president. It reinforces the perception that the left is unrepentant in its unhinged, incredibly biased, and inaccurate casting of our duly-elected president as some sort of monster.
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