During a Monday interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN’s ‘New Day,’ Kellyanne Conway came to the defense of Donald Trump, saying he absolutely did not mock a disabled reporter at a rally held in November of 2015.
She insisted that Trump’s rapid arm movements were not an attempt to ridicule Serge Kovaleski, who experiences mobility challenges due to a neurological condition.
Though video of the incident suggests otherwise, Conway said to Cuomo, “Why don’t you believe him? Why is everything taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post pointed out that even if journalists attempted to abide by Conway’s request, doing so would basically be impossible as, “…we don’t know what’s in his heart, and any attempt to figure that out would amount to a value judgment.”
Meanwhile, Trump posted his own comment on the reporter incident, tweeting, in part, “For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”
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MEET THE PRESS — Pictured: (l-r) Kellyanne Conway, Republican Strategist Pollster, left, and Robert Costa, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, right, appear on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington, D.C., Sunday May 29, 2016. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)