President Obama Meets Wheelchair-Bound Boy Who Says He Was Pushed Out of a Donald Trump Rally
A 12-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy says he went to a Donald Trump rally to protest the GOP nominee's treatment of people with disabilities
The president met with the boy, J.J. Holmes, after making a speech for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally in Kissimmee, Florida, on Sunday. A White House photographer took pictures of Obama and J.J. as they chatted and shook hands.
According to White House press pool reports, J.J., who speaks only through a computer vocalization device, said that he had gone to the Trump rally in Tampa on Saturday to protest the GOP nominee’s treatment of people with disabilities.
His mother, Alison Holmes, said: “The crowd started chanting ‘U-S-A’ and pushing his wheelchair.”
“We were put out by security,” she said. “Mr. Trump kept saying, ‘Get them out.’ ”
The pool report went on to say that, as his mother was speaking, J.J. said through his vocalization device: “I hate Donald Trump. I hate Donald Trump.”
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“They had so little confidence in his self-control, they said, ‘We’re just going to take away your Twitter,’ ” Obama said. “Now, if somebody can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes.”