Author J.K. Rowling "apologized unreservedly" Monday evening after the mother of the disabled boy she believed was being ignored by President Trump clarified the interaction during a White House event last week involving health care.
The Harry Potter author called Trump "terrible" after viewing a video in which she believed a young boy in a wheelchair seen with his arm raised was trying to shake the president's hand.
But in a Facebook post, the boy’s mother, Marjorie Kelly Weer, said that's not what happened: “Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even trying to shake his hand. He's three and hand-shaking is not his thing. He was showing off his newly acquired Secret Service patch.”
Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple /1— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2017
In hindsight, Rowling wrote, “I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw.”
She has deleted her original tweets on the incident.