Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Why J.K Rowlings Twitter apology says more about Donald Trump's character
The footage appeared to show Trump ignoring a disabled child, whilst shaking the hands and speaking with the other kids, who were visiting the White House.
It later turned out that he hadn't ignored the disabled boy, and had spent a considerable amount of time with him before the photo opportunity.
Rowling took to Twitter to criticise the President.
It t then emerged the video had been edited to appear as though Trump ignored the boy in the wheelchair.
After recognising her mistake Rowling, most popular for the Harry Potter books issued an apology:
"Sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction".
I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw".
"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".
To me this particular episode actually says more about Trump's behaviour and attitude, than it does about Rowling.
Lets no forget his track record! Including this occasion on the campaign trail when he mocked a disabled reporter:
Then there's the hidden camera footage from a few years back, which features Trump making obscene and sexist remarks, and talks about sexually assaulting women.
Those two incidents give a snap shot into Trump's attitude towards the disabled and towards women.
Add that to his clear prejudice against immigrants and transgender troops, and you expect the worst from Trump after a while (or like most of us, from day one of his bid to become President).
That's not the publics fault, that's his fault, for proving himself time and time again as a bigot and generally offensive man.
Secondly J.K Rowling apologised when she realised she had made a mistake (it happens).
When was the last time we saw the same humility from Donald Trump? NEVER.