Millions of children around the world have learned about life from the books of J.K. Rowling.
Perhaps they deserve a more ethical teacher.
The author of the Harry Potter series last week went on a bizarre tirade against President Trump (we say bizarre because why does a British writer of kids books so hate the president of the United States?). In a series of posts on Twitter, she accused Trump of ignoring the outstretched hand of a handicapped boy in a wheelchair during a White House event.
But it turned out the brief video showing the supposed callous snub had been edited to cut out (wait for it) — Trump chatting with three-year-old Montgomery Weer, bending way down close to his face, touching him. Yet that abridged tape perfectly fit Rowling’s narrative that Trump is a heartless b*stard, so she tweeted it out to her 11.4 million fans. (See the two videos here.)
And she went ballistic. She said Trump couldn’t “ bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the president.” (Did we mention she’s the author of books for children? Our children?) Rowling went on and on with her accusations, calling the video “stunning” and “horrible,” saying that Trump is a “monster of narcissism,” and more in a series of seven tweets. The video alone was retweeted 75,000 times after she posted it.
Said a portion: “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.”
All that was last week. Just hours after she posted the edited video, people began demanding Rowling fix her obvious error — and apologize. The push to have Rowling correct her glaring errors went on for days. None other than the boy’s mother wrote in a weekend Facebook post that Trump didn’t snub Monty. “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,” the post read.
Well, on Tuesday, Rowling groveled — a bit.
Yes, she apologized to Monty and his family — but not to the president, whom she so clearly maligned. And let’s be honest, she didn’t project “her own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people,” she projected her own hatred of Trump, emboldened by her vanity (what’s more narcissistic than playing the victim in place of the victim himself?).
And Rowling didn’t bother to apologize to her followers, either, or to explain why it took her three days to correct something she knew within hours was false? Nor did she explain why a British author of kids books would be lecturing the American people about their fairly elected president!
Critics on Twitter called Rowling out for her hypocrisy.
And poor ol’ “Vee” was left with the same sad realization we were after Rowling went on her anti-Trump tirade.