US business magnate and presidential candidate Donald Trump has reportedly mocked disabled journalist, Serge Kovaleski.
Trump used an article by Kovaleski to back up his claims that “thousands” of Muslim in the US celebrated the 11 September attacks.
Kovaleski however, told CNN he did “not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds of people celebrating”.
In a speech at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump appeared to mimic the movements of a disabled person as he referenced Kovaleski’s stataemnts.
Kovaleski suffers from a congenital joint condition called arthrogryposis.
“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy,” Trump said, while waving his arms around in a jerky, odd motion.
“Uhh I don’t know what I said. Uhh I don’t remember. He’s going like ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.”
Trump denied the allegations in a statement on Twitter.
I do not know the reporter for the @nytimes, or what he looks like. I was showing a person groveling to take back a statement made long ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015