The New York Press Club is calling on presidential candidate Donald Trump to apologize to New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, for seemingly mocking the journalist's physical disability. We find Donald Trump's disavowal of the bullying taunt unconvincing. Mr. Trump on Thursday said, “I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.”
Press Club president Steve Scott observes, "There is a time-honored tradition of politicians sparring with journalists, but Mr. Trump has crossed a line. His cruel, childish, on-stage imitation of Mr. Kovaleski, which included the use of jerking arms and an affected voice, is an insulting personal attack that simply cannot be condoned.
"Mr. Trump's actions should come as an affront, not only to persons with disabilities, but all persons. It's okay to disagree with a journalist's reporting; it's not okay to mock that journalist's appearance or disability.
"As an organization made up of working journalists, the New York Press Club takes no position on Donald Trump's candidacy. But, we do take issue with Mr. Trump's mocking personal insult to a fellow journalist, and we call on him to personally apologize to Mr. Kovaleski."
Steve Scott, President
The New York Press Club