The Harry Potter author has not yet responded to those who asked her to delete or correct her tweets
In a series of tweets over the weekend, the Harry Potter author called Trump a “monster of narcissism” and claimed he had “pretended not to see” a child in a wheelchair as he met with “victims of Obamacare” before a press conference on July 24.
JK Rowling has been criticised for falsely claiming Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled child
But unedited footage shows Trump did shake the child’s hand
She wrote: “Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition.
“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.
The writer has not yet responded to those who asked her to delete or correct her tweets
“My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it.
“So yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child’s head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw.
“That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect.
“How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the president.”
There was just one problem with Rowling’s heartfelt rant – Trump hadn’t ignored the boy at all.
Rowling seems to have based her tweet-storm on an edited clip that popped up on social media, appearing to show Trump snubbing the three-year-old boy – whose name is Monty.
But that clip has since been deleted and an unedited version released by the White House clearly shows the president greeting him.
Despite that fact, Rowling has refused to correct the record, earning her the ire of her fellow Twitter users — foremost among them Good Morning Britain TV host Piers.
He tweeted: “JK Rowling’s been back on Twitter but neither deleted, nor apologised for, this disgraceful lie. Her Trump-loathing knows no honesty.”
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan tweeted a screen grab of what appears to be a Facebook post from a woman who claims to be Monty’s mother in an apparent attempt to get Rowling to recognise the truth.
Piers Morgan tweeted a screen grab of a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother and her thoughts on the situation
The woman named Majorie Kelly Weer said: “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.
“He’s three and hand shaking is not his thing. He was showing off his newly acquired secret service patch.”
Rowling’s behaviour contrasted with that of Chelsea Clinton – who also accused Mr Trump of snubbing Monty and also suffered a backlash — before realising her mistake and correcting it.
JK Rowling has not yet responded to those who asked her to delete or correct her tweets.
The Sun Online has contacted JK Rowling’s representative for comment.
A version of this story originally appeared on News.com.au.
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