Admitting you're wrong is never fun. It's even less fun when you have to fess up to 11.4 million Twitter followers, but J.K. Rowling did so with grace on Monday.
The "Harry Potter" author went off on President Donald Trump Friday in a series of tweets complaining about a video clip that makes it look like the POTUS snubbed a young boy in a wheelchair. Problem is, she didn't see the full video, which shows Trump addressing the boy upon first entering the room.
"Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction," Rowling tweeted Monday.
"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," she added. "These tweets will remain, but I will delete the previous ones on the subject."
Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple /1
Rowling deleted her eight-tweet rant from Friday, but this was what she posted:
"Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition. This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump. 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. That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect. 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."