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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling apologizes for spreading false Trump story. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was roundly criticized, for a long rant she posted to Twitter Friday accusing President Trump, of insensitively ignoring a child in a wheelchair reaching for his handshake. As she quickly discovered, it was based on a deceptively edited video, and three days later she apologized.
“my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair, whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage,” she tweeted, “multiple sources have informed me that, that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction. I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked, or ignored onto the images I saw, and if that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologise unreservedly. These tweets will remain, but I will delete the previous ones on the subject,” she concluded.
Some have noted that, the apology was not directed at the subject of the deceptive video: President Trump. The narrative surrounded a deceptively edited video of a visit at the White House. Although Trump warmly greeted a child in a wheelchair, when he walked back he seemed to shake the hands of those around him and not his. Someone edited out the greeting and only posted the latter portion of the video.
It went viral among those looking for an excuse to bash Trump. Rowling’s rant against the president went viral as well