In Multipolarity

By Robert Mackey, The Intercept, Jan 9, 2017

Meryl Streep speaks to Golden Globes film ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 8, 2017 (photo by Megan Friedman)

Donald Trump, the serial liar who will be sworn in as President of the United States next week, lied once again on Monday, rejecting the actress Meryl Streep’s condemnation of him for impersonating a reporter’s physical disability on the campaign trail last year by insisting that he had done no such thing.

“For the 100th time,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him… ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad.”

Trump’s Twitter spats and false claims are by now so routine that it can seem pointless to even report them, but this one is worth unpacking, because it reveals a cascade of lies leading back to a false claim that helped him win: the fantasy that Arab-Americans in New Jersey had openly celebrated the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center as it took place.

Trump has indeed insisted dozens of times since November, 2015, that his public mimicry of the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, a veteran New York newspaperman who has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that limits his ability to move his joints, was not an impersonation of his physical disability…

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Donald Trump (L), New York journalist Serge Kovaleski (R)

Text of Meryl Streep’s speech to the Golden Globes film award ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 8, 2017, provided by the Associated Press

The uproar over Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech explained, by Aja Romano, Vox.com, Jan 9, 2017

How Jared Kushner, like Donald Trump, used his rich, privileged upbringing to get to the White House, by Brendan Gauthier, Salon.com, Nov 17, 2016

Why does Donald Trump want to give his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, top secret clearance?, by Taylor Link, Salon.com, Nov 16, 2016

 

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