J.K. Rowling apologizes over Trump fake news tweets (sort of)


British author J.K. Rowling had viciously gone after President Trump on Twitter after he ignored a little boy in a wheelchair at a recent event. However, it has been revealed that this is not what happened. Trump did not ignore the boy, and now Rowling is eating crow.

In a series of tweets late Monday, the “Harry Potter” author walked back her earlier Twitter comments after she was told off by the boy’s mother.

“I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw,” Rowling tweeted. “If that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly.”

Rowling said she is deleting all her previous tweets on the subject.

An outspoken Trump critic, Rowling had posted a series of tweets, including one with a now-deleted clip of Trump appearing to ignore a boy in a wheelchair at a news conference last month. However, other video clips showing the president speaking to the child were posted by the boy’s mother on Facebook, so that everyone would know the truth.

“Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition,” Rowling falsely wrote on Friday, adding, “This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women. … (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump.”

In the video Rowling first reacted to, the boy was seen reaching up to Trump as the president spoke with his mother and father. What she didn’t see was how the president had greeted young Montgomery “Monty” Weer at the beginning of the event, which was a venue for four families adversely affected by Obamacare to tell their stories of skyrocketing premiums, denied access, restrictions, and low reimbursement rates to the public.

Weer and his mom had also been socializing outside the White House with Vice President Pence and First Lady Melania Trump.

Marjorie Kelly Weer went on Facebook to set the record straight, writing, “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.”

The mom went on to note that her three-year-old son isn’t that big on shaking hands anyway. She explained that he was excited about a secret service patch he had been given and was showing it off.

“My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it,” Rowling wrote in the now-deleted tweets. “So, yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child’s head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw.”

The mother of the young boy wasn’t the only person to point out to Rowling that she was wrong. Tons of Twitter users came out to defend the president, including British journalist Piers Morgan.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton had jumped on Rowling’s bandwagon by retweeting the author’s attack on Trump, but after she reviewed the footage herself, she also later apologized.

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