J.K. Rowling Still Hasn't Deleted Tweet Saying Trump Snubbed a Disabled Child

Posted: Jul 31, 2017 1:05 PM

Author J.K. Rowling has still not corrected an inaccurate tweet that she said depicted President Donald Trump snubbing a child with a disability. Last week, Rowling quoted a now-deleted tweet of a video that showed Trump seemingly ignoring a small child in a wheelchair. That tweet had been retweeted thousands of times before the actual video was uncovered. 

In a series of tweets, Rowling called Trump a "monster of narcissism" who treats people with contempt. She said the clip "touched her raw" because her mother used a wheelchair. 

There's just one problem: the full version of the clip doesn't show Trump avoiding the child. Quite the opposite, actually--Trump spends more time with that child than anyone else in the room.

The author of the original tweet, Ansel Herz, a comms director, deleted it and apologized, but not before it was retweeted over 12,000 times.

Further, the boy's mother said that her son was not attempting to shake the president's hand in that video, but rather he was trying to show him his new badge. 

Still, in light of all of this new information, Rowling has neither deleted her tweets nor has she apologized for misleading thousands of people.

I get it, mistakes happen all the time--especially in this era of "tweet first, confirm later." But once a tweet has been proven incorrect, it's not a good practice to keep the error up. I mean, even The Associated Press can own up to its mistakes. Rowling should too.

Rowling has made it quite clear from the get-go that she's no fan of Donald Trump. Which is fine--nobody has to like anybody. But lying about people? There's a clear difference. 

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