J.K. Rowling rocketed to super stardom after she penned the beloved series of Harry Potter novels, and the author has since made a huge impact on pop culture. In recent years, Rowling has moved past fiction, and has been very vocal in the realm of politics. Her Twitter account is often bursting at the seams with political commentary, and the target of her ire is usually the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Although Rowling’s tweets vary, based on the political issue, the author recently stepped into hot water when she blamed Trump for ignoring 3-year-old, Montgomery Weer, during a recent White House visit. Young Weer lives with spina bifida and because of his condition, uses a wheelchair. #JKRowling saw a video of Trump's interaction with the boy, and thought that he refused to shake Weer’s hand.
In several tweets, Rowling took #DonaldTrump to task, scolding him for ignoring young Montgomery Weer, simply because he was in a wheel chair:
“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. 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.”
Rowling’s outrage would be understandable, but the clip that was released didn’t show the whole meeting. The full clip of the White House visit was released, and the uncut version shows the president greeting Weer as soon as he enters the room.
When the video was released, Twitter exploded with outrage aimed at Rowling, claiming that she falsely accused the president, with the term “Fake News” being thrown around like a beach ball at a Jimmy Buffet concert. Shortly after the backlash, Rowling took to Twitter and apologized to the Weers, since her accusation against Donald Trump may have caused some undue stress on the family:
Rowling did what she said she would in her apology, and deleted the original tweets where she accused Trump of ignoring the boy. Although she apologized, many people on Twitter have pointed out that she did not apologize to Trump himself. While they are correct, it seems unlikely that Rowling would apologize to a man she called “worse than Lord Voldemort.”
Putting politics aside, Rowling did admit that she was wrong, which speaks to her character. It’s not easy to stand in front of the whole world — even on social media — and admit you made a mistake. Even the best muggles mess up from time to time, and Rowling’s fan base appreciated her honesty. This incident will likely have very little effect on Rowling’s future objection to the president, but she'll certainly be verifying her facts more closely in the future.
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(Source: New York Times)