Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling apologized for accusing President Trump in a series of tweets of not taking the hand of a disabled boy after seeing footage of a White House event where the chief executive appeared to ignore the childs outstretched hand.
My tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction, Rowling, a persistent critic of the president, wrote on Twitter on Monday.
She apologized to the boy and his family for her Friday Tweetstorm, but did not mention Trump.
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 wrote on Twitter.
The video taken during a White House event on repealing and replacing ObamaCare on July 24 appeared to show the president ignoring 3-year-old Montgomery Weers hand.
The best-selling writer lashed out at Trump, saying it was horrible that he couldnt bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who wanted to touch the President. In another tweet she referred to him as This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections.
Calls for Rowling to do an about-face began over the weekend after the boys mother, Marjorie Kelly Weer, corrected what appeared to happen in the video.
If someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didnt snub my son & Monty wasnt even trying to shake his hand, Weer wrote on Facebook.
The video shows Trump, after being introduced by Vice President Pence, walking over to Montgomery, who has spina bifida, and crouching down to talk to him.