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

By Tierney McAfee
Updated November 07, 2016 02:13 PM
Credit: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty

One day after he was reportedly pushed out of a Donald Trump rally in his wheelchair, a 12-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy spent an unforgettable moment with President Barack Obama.

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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Obama also spoke out against Trump at the rally, mocking the GOP nominee for having his Twitter privileges taken away by his staff, according to a report from The New York Times.

“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.”