Target: Donald Trump, President-elect of the United States
Goal: Demand that Donald Trump apologize to the disabled reporter he so hatefully mocked in front of thousands.
For well over a year, Donald Trump has continually denied mocking a disabled reporter at a political rally, despite concrete video evidence of Trump doing so to the amusement of thousands of his supporters. When referencing a story by reporter Serge Kovaleski, Trump told his audiences, “You’ve got to see this guy,” before flailing his arms about his head, rolling his eyes, and speaking in a fake stutter as he imitated the reporter, who suffers from a disability in his arms.
The fact that Trump continually denies he was mocking the reporter is not only absurd, since video evidence clearly shows him doing so, but also extremely heartbreaking. America is a nation with nearly 50 million citizens suffering from a disability. For Trump to so blatantly mock someone for their disability shows that the man, who has lived a life of privilege, has no care, regard, or sympathy for a large population of his own citizens who have lived their entire lives with a disability.
Trump is nothing but a bully, a bully who has now been given the platform of the highest office in the land to laugh at and degrade those who cannot defend themselves. He must apologize to Kovaleski. To do so would show that he is serious about being a president for all Americans.
Dear Mr. Trump,
For over a year now, you have continued to deny that you played any part in mocking a disabled reporter. However, video evidence of you shows otherwise. Though you may claim you were simply moving your hands around, perhaps imitating “groveling” as you argued on Twitter, those watching saw you reenact mannerisms specific to Serge Kovaleski, the reporter to whom you were referring who has a disability with his arms.
A majority of Americans watched in horror and heartbreak as you mocked the reporter for your supporters’ sickening amusement. Ever since, you have refused to admit to doing so. You have taken on the role of, not someone who should be President of the United States, but a high school bully embarrassed at being called out for what he really is. By mocking the disabled reporter, you mocked 50 million disabled Americans, disabled Americans who you now hold power over. I demand that you apologize to Kovaleski and the millions of Americans you hurt by your horrendous, heartless, and cowardly actions.
[Your Name Here]
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