The irony of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s opening salvo in her angry Twitter-tantrum at President Trump can’t be overstated. Before dressing down the President for apparently refusing to shake the hand of a handicapped boy in a wheelchair, Rowling led off with a quote from poet Maya Angelou:
“When someone shows them who you are, believe them.”
That quote accompanied an edited video clip (now deleted) of Trump greeting a group of citizens who have been victimized by the healthcare disaster known popularly as “Obamacare.” In the edited footage, it appears that the President overlooks the outstretched hands of a young boy in a wheelchair trying to get Trump’s attention.
Without investigation, Rowling used the clip as evidence for launching a withering character assault on Trump:
“Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition… My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it… So, yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child’s head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw… That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect… How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President.”
Except Trump did. In fact, he did more then that. In the unedited footage, President Trump actually reaches out to the young boy when he first walks in the room. He stops, grabs his outstretched hand, and even kneels down to talk to him. In fact, looking at the entire press conference as a whole, it is apparent Trump spends more time talking to the boy in the wheelchair than he does any of the other victims gathered there in the room.
Obviously anyone could forgive Rowling for her embarrassing mistake. Though she should have done a bit more research before posting, Twitter is a place where people often sound off without thinking. She’s hardly the first to make a mistake like this, won’t be the last, and following a quick admission of regret and apology could be reasonably excused.
Except no such admission or apology has been forthcoming. Inexplicably, even after being called out repeatedly in public (by Piers Morgan, no less), Rowling has been silent about her mistake, refusing to correct her error. She has been active on Twitter since her angry tirade, so the “I’ve been out of internet range and couldn’t post” excuse is shot.
And the pathetic cover other leftists have attempted to provide her has collapsed miserably as well. Though Chelsea Clinton has now appropriately deleted her retweet of Rowling’s deception, she continued to defend it by suggesting that Trump still should have shaken the boy’s hand at the end of the press conference instead of snubbing him. There was only one big problem with that, and it came from the young boy’s mom:
Ummmmm….If someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even trying to shake his hand (1. He’s 3 and hand shaking is not his thing, 2. He was showing off his newly acquired secret service patch). Thanks.
I get their abject hatred of all things Trump, but this is one battle the left has lost and needs to quickly sound the retreat.
But Rowling’s pride apparently won’t allow that – and as Angelou’s verse suggests, that says much about her character. By her abject refusal to issue a retraction and apology for her mischaracterization of the President’s interaction with the handicapped boy, J.K. Rowling is showing us exactly who she is. We should believe her.