J.K. Rowling Apologizes to Disabled Boy’s Family Over Tweets, But Not to Trump
J.K. Rowling has apologized Monday after writing multiple anti-Trump tweets over the weekend that claimed the U.S. president ignored a disabled boy.
Trump held a conference at the White House with a family who saw their deductibles increase 200 percent under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In a video of the meeting, Trump can be seen greeting a boy in a wheelchair before shaking other children’ hands.
In the tweets, the Harry Potter author called Trump a number of things, including a “monster of narcissism” who “values only himself and his pale reflections,” and said he “pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair,” The Sun reports.
However, a woman who appeared to be the boy’s mother, Majorie Kelly Weer, said in a Facebook post: “If someone can get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn’t snub my son and 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).”
Rowling, who claimed she did not see the full video of Trump, has since deleted her original tweets.
Rowling tweeted a four-part apology late Monday saying that she “very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw.”
She said “I apologize unreservedly,” but the apology was directed to the boy’s family, not to Trump himself.
Pies Morgan, a well-known British journalist, tweeted to Rowling earlier on Monday, “Delete your vile tweets, @jk_rowling & apologise to @realDonaldTrump—or confirm yourself as a lying hypocrite.”