“GOLDEN GLOBES, A DISABLED PURSUIT OF THE FACTS”

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Today’s Quote

“I haven’t heard such elitist snobbery since Hillary Clinton branded Trump supporters ‘a basket of deplorables’.” – Piers Morgan on Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes

Time Check

Jan 12, 1882 – Thomas Edison’s central station on Holborn Viaduct in London began operation.

Jan 12, 1932 – Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the Senate.

Jan 12, 1966 – “Batman” debuted on ABC-TV.

 

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Iss. 47

January, 12, 2017

Dear Thinkers,

Now let me go out on a limb here and defend the indefensible: Donald J. Trump. Yes, I aim to provide some cover for a certain point of interest that has resurfaced thanks to the beloved―or not so beloved―Meryl Streep. By now, I’m quite positive you know what I’m speaking to. Did he or did he not mock a disabled person?

Throughout the Primary, (being a Cruz supporter) I was the first to be up in arms about this particular incident. Though, after having the facts introduced to me, I began to see this debacle in a different light. But I’ll be the first to admit, I was duped into believing a false narrative as well, and without getting ahead of ourselves, the reason we’ve all been so handily deceived, is because Trump really does look, well… “disabled”, in that videoScreen Shot 2017-01-12 at 1.05.12 PM. What you may not know is that he used this EXACT SAME manorism when making fun of himself…And last I checked he happens to think a bit highly of himself. But we’ll revisit this shortly. 

That said, I think we’ve established that I have nothing to gain from defending him here. 

Like many others, I find Trump’s actions to be distasteful at best, and dare I say, unpresidential. Point being, a defense of Trump doesn’t help me, yet, there is an obvious injustice taking place if anyone is willing to shine 5 minutes of light over the matter. Apparently Ms. Streep and her surrogates who have coined her ‘courageous’ are not willing to do such.

According to Meryl Streep’s deeply controversial speech at the Golden Globes (I still don’t know which awards they hand out there), she recalled “that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back,” as the best performance of the year. Seems a bit contrived, if you ask me, but let’s not waste our time debating whether that deserved to win for best performance. I hope that’s not what Donald meant when he said “we’re gona start winning again”.      

Anyway, the question at hand: Did Trump actually mock the reporter?

Answer: Most certainly yes, but what exactly was he taunting? Unfortunately few have ventured a step farther and asked the second part of that question. Yet, that step’s significance marks the line between fiction and clarity.


So Donald Trump did heckle the reporter, but not for being disabled. He mocked him because his reporting was truly bad. How do I know? It’s quite simple. What is to follow is the story line that few in public are talking about. Neither Democrats, Republicans, or even Trump’s own supporters seem to care to consult the timeline of events that lead to the bomb that interrupted the Golden Globes. Hell, people even go on TV and spout their ignorance all over cable without a care to investigate the actual story. My dear thinker, do read on to prevent yourself from embarrasing yourself in that manner.

In 2001, that same Reporter “lacking the capacity to fight back”, Serge F. Kovaleski, wrote a story for the Washington Post. In the story he wrote that after 9/11 “In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the world trade center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river”.Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 1.05.32 PM

During this same time period, Democrat, Donald Trump (yes you read that correctly) gave an interview where he explained that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks across the river from Manhattan in New Jersey.

Of course, this dumb statement (though partly true) did not register on the seismographs of the media—or Left for that matter as Trump was a Democratic Mega-Donor.

It wasn’t until years later, when he decided to run for President of the United States as a Republican, did he start receiving heavy backlash for the statement. This of course put the Washington Post, the publication that published Kovaleski’s story about individuals throwing “tailgate-style parties on rooftops”, in a tough position. The Post had accused Trump lying when their very own team—unbeknownst to them—had greenlit, fact-checked, edited, and published the same story. When the Post’s hypocritical nature came to their own attention, they had Kovaleski (now a New York Times Reporter) release a statement on their behalf,

“I certainly do not remember anyone saying that thousands or even hundreds of people were celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember.”

So it was the numbers that were in question by the Post, not the actual story. And to no surprise, the human hyperbole-machine also known as Donald J. Trump was inaccurate about the numbers—not even close. Where exactly did this guy see thousands of muslims on rooftops? Did he look out Trump Tower with a telescope? …second thought, I don’t want the answer to that question. 

This leads us to the moment you’ve been waiting for: Then at a campaign rally, Trump remarked on the half-assed retraction by Kovaleski and the Washington Post. He noted the piece was,

“written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy–you gotta see this guy….OOOOHHH I don’t know what I said…Ohhh I don’t remember…”he’s going like I don’t remember ahhh ohhh maybe that’s what I said….this is 14 years ago, they didn’t  do a retraction.

If you watch and/or listen to the account, you will see that Trump looks and sounds like someone who is mentally disabled. But my dear Trump haters, before you hang yourself with your own stubbornness, please allow me to remind you that it is you who think Trump acts like someone who is, yes, mentally disabled. It is you who have accused him of being unfit for the job, lacking the right temperment, and for being a bumbling idiot. I happen to agree with much of this, except here’s the problem my dear, stubborn, Leftist: The reporter has a chronic condition that impairs movement in his ARMS.

That’s correct. If you thought disabled meant mentally disabled, then you are yourself the one guilty of judgement, as Serge F. Kovaleski, the more-than-able reporter for the New York Times, is a coherent thinker. He is a powerful writer and Serge is more than capable of doing his job. Though, Meryl doesn’t seem to think as I do when she says, he is lacking “the capacity to fight back”. Matter of fact, does she think that the New York Times employs him as an act of charity? What the hell is she talking about? He’s a damn reporter. What is the job a reporter anyway? To stand up to assholes like Donald Trump and Meryl Streep and expose them for what they are. Pointing out the instances where they are utterly full of crap! Like the ‘thousands of muslims comment,’ and ‘Donald bullied a poor, incompetent reporter’.     This guy has a handicap with his arms not his brain!

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But if you remain the skeptic, that’s welcome, as I’ve got another layer of facts that lie ‘One Level Deepa’ as the archaeologists like to say (or maybe it wasn’t an archaeologist who said that?)

If you pull up clips, Donald Trump has mocked Ted Cruz, mocked himself, and mocked an Army General with the same arm gestures. If you don’t like his arm gestures, then I’m sorry, I agree, he looks like an idiot. But he wasn’t mocking the man for being disabled…unless of course you think that he thinks himself disabled, Ted Cruz (the man who he is considering nominating for the supreme court) disabled, and this Army General disabled. As we agreed earlier, arm movements are what’s at question in the video. You can’t cite his voice as being a reason for belittling the guy because we covered the fact that the man is NOT mentally challenged and does not have a known speech impediment. He simply has problems with his arms…. That’s it. 

As also mentioned, myself being a Ted Cruz supporter, I was blinded by this fallacy. Months ago, I couldn’t believe that he had ‘ridiculed a disabled reporter’. The nerve! I was livid. But I didn’t care to look any deeper than the first layer. Why should I. Donald is an ass face, and it seemed like something he would do and it fit my narrative… but he clearly did NOT mock this man for being handicapped. He mocked him for not standing by his story and caving under pressure from the media. When he imitated Cruz and the General, it was for wavering on waterboarding and for shiting positions on ISIS. Which means, this is Trump’s flustered interpretation for someone who has not taken a clear position (whether it’s waterboarding, ISIS, or even 9/11 celebrations). For goodness sake, Trump accused Ted’s Cruz’s Dad of being the man who possibly killed JFK. He accused Cruz of being a serial liar without citing a single lie, and called his wife ugly. This Trump guy is an absolute nut… I think if he thought Ted had a handicap with his arms he would have came out and said it. Don’t you? Or do you think killing JFK was the threshold?

“I’ll say he killed JFK, but arm problems—nooooo way too personal.” 

If you’re intellectually honest, you’ll see that Trump did not tease Kovaleski for being disabled. I implore you to look at the footage for yourself. 

As you can see I’m not a big fan. But let us not get caught in disparaging our own credibility by calling him things that he isn’t…especially when there are so many things that he is. The voice from “the boy who cried bigot” fell on deaf ears when it came time to call the President a person with deep moral flaws.  

Finally, for those who aren’t convinced and think Trump still may have derided the reporter for his disability. Let us at least agree that there is some grey area. If our justice system thrives on ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and ‘guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt’ this instance of mockery is by no means a surety. But had Trump done something worse, more convincing, say, I don’t know, something concrete… where he said specifically what he was thinking and made his joke verbally, not physically. Then would we agree that he was wrong? Of course! And I just so happen to have one of those quotes… from the Jay Leno Show of all places.

Trump, while talking about his bowling game, (he is a golfer at heart right) compares himself LITERALLY to those who are handicapped. He says it’s like the SPECIAL OLYMPICS… laughter breaks out… Jay Leno starts laughing… Except there’s one reason that nobody is offended. The man who was talking about his bowling game wasn’t Trump. I must have made a mistake… It was President Barack Obama….

That’s right Barack Obama, on national TV, humiliated the Special Olympics.

Nope—no outrage. Did Meryl say a peep? Of course not. Did Jay Leno get in trouble for laughing? Was there a story written?      None of it. I’m confident you hadn’t even heard about it. But go forth, look it up! And yet, some who are reading this have spent the last several days complaining about Trump? Dude, you may want to rethink some of your assumptions.

Side Note: The Washington Post, predictably published a story this week titled:

Meryl Streep was right. Donald Trump did mock a disabled reporter.

Un-believable. Don’t be a victim to stupidity.

Keep it Real.

Christian Rogers

The Real Times– a degree in common sense…

~Intellectual Entertainment~

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