Monday, August 22, 2016

Poll taken to determine Trump's worst blunder

One has to wonder why Donald Trump has been cancelling rallies lately. He just cancelled a key rally where he was to address his policies on immigration. He may be avoiding that one because it is one of the bigger hot potato issues that have marred his campaign. He certainly has offended most every minority group in America by one offensive remark or another.
When asked in a recent Bloomberg poll what Trump gaffe, goof or bone-headed bungle bothered them most  — out of a slew of controversies — likely voters picked one offense above all others:
When the candidate mocked a reporter with a disability last November.
Democrats have made sure the public has seen and heard about Trump's intolerant blunder over and over again. It has been played in ads created by the Clinton campaign, including a highly-circulated one involving children silently watching.
Bill Clinton even said in his convention speech that his wife "never made fun of people with disabilities. She tried to empower them based on their ability." ( implied criticism)
And Clinton surrogate Tom Harkin, a prominent voice on disability policy, said recently, "Democrats believe in working together and bringing people with disabilities in to develop policy. Donald Trump? He makes fun of people with disabilities. That's a throwback to a half a century ago."                      
Trump has denied that he meant to mock the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition affecting the joints.  His initial offense, in Trump's eyes, was denying the candidate's description of Kovaleski's reporting on unsubstantiated allegations that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11.
As recently as July 29, Trump insisted, "I didn't know what he looked like. I didn't know he was disabled."
 Kovaleski, who now works for the New York Times, has said, "Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years."                   
Trump has maintained that his physical  imitation of Kovaleski was because "He was groveling, grovel, grovel, grovel. That was the end of it. All of a sudden, I get reports that I was imitating a reporter who was handicapped. I would never do that."
The Washington Post responded, "Much of what Trump says is 'Four-Pinocchios false.'"
This poll was conducted before Trump sparked furor with a comment about "Second Amendment people" that was interpreted by many as a veiled suggestion of violence against Clinton. You would think a death threat might replace the slur on disabled people as the worst offence. But, no.  Given the lasting stigma upon people with disabilities and the easiness with which pop culture has mocked them over the years, the outraged reaction from the public is striking and encouraging.                      
"People are starting to see people with disabilities for their abilities," said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of the advocacy group Respectability.
"But one thing they don't want to see is people with disabilities being bullied," she added.
"The reaction to it, that so many people say it's the worst thing he's done, is indicative that we've turned a corner, where it's just not socially acceptable the way it was," said writer and activist Andrew Pulrang.
Still, he said he found himself wondering, "Why is this thing worse than all the other groups than he's targeted and insulted?"
One possible answer: "We're easy to feel more protective towards by the population. Part of ableism is a heavy dose of paternalism."
Those who are not equipped to fight for themselves bring the compassion and protective instincts out in other people.                
Pulrang hopes the outrage translates into more interest in policies that affect people with disability. "There are other things more important than hurting our feelings," he said. "We have no idea if Trump has any ideas about disability policy."
Trump has never filled out a candidate's questionnaire.
"Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton filled it out in full, and spoke about disability issues at the Democratic convention, as did people with disabilities themselves," Mizrahi said.
For people who are used to condescension or outright erasure, Trump's behavior carries a certain irony.
"Inclusivity for people with disabilities is now a matter of presidential politics," wrote David Perry at the Atlantic. "That likely wasn't Trump's intention when he mocked that reporter months ago. But it's a satisfying result."
If people with disabilities become political pawns ... at least it is drawing public attention to the plight of disabled people. Any recognition is better than no recognition.


  1. You are so correct , I get Trump can't fill out a job application /or write a resume .
    The comedians love him , they go to the net , google what stupid thing said / did and their act is made .

    How in hell can Trump run a country when he has 3 /4 bankruptcies under his belt .
    Yo are suppose to try and fix it before you move on .
    Trump gets dumper everyday Hahahaha!!
    Maybe he went to Trump University ... now that's a kick in the head hahaha!!!
    Good one
    Love PIC
    go to WAG

  2. He blatantly lied about his financial situation. Wasn't Clinton impeached for telling one lie. This guy lies all the time and he ain't even president yet. Not a good beginning.
    He still hasn't released his tax returns either. He will put you all in grave danger.
    I hope to God he is not elected.
    Thank you PIC
    See you around the old blogs
    Luv ya


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