On Friday, celebrated author J.K. Rowling sent out a series of tweets castigating the president for callously ignoring a handicapped child.
Rowling’s first tweet featured a video from Monday in which Trump greets the families who were standing behind him following his remarks on health care. In the footage, Trump appears to interact with everyone except for a wheelchair-bound child who is reaching up to him.
By itself, the footage is shocking. Rowling tweeted:
She followed the first tweet up with six more:
In total, the tweets read:
"When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” - Maya Angelou. Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition. (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump.
My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it. So, yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child's head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw. That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect. How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President.
What a beautifully written condemnation of a wicked president! Oh, wait — the video Rowling shared (which has since been deleted by its original poster, Ansel Herz, deputy communications director for Rep. Pramila Jayapal) is a deceptively edited piece of propaganda.
Here's the footage Rowling retweeted:
Here's what really happened:
Oh ... whoops.
Progressives are in such a hate-frenzy that they will share anything that makes the president look callous, evil, or crazy. It doesn't matter if what's being shared is factual or manufactured as long as it reinforces the progressive narrative about Trump.
If and when the lie is publicly revealed, the progressive who propagated the lie will shrug it off, and say that despite the inaccuracy of the video or story, the overall "sentiment" is representative of Trump's cruelty or insanity.
As of this publication, Rowling hasn't deleted her illegitimate tirade, which has garnered over 100,000 retweets and 325,000 “likes.”