GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE is demanding an apology from The New York Times, after denying that he mocked the physical disability of one of its reporters.

“Donald J. Trump today demanded an apology from the failing New York Times which accused him (during a major speech before 10,000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC) of mocking a reporter’s physical disability when in fact, Mr. Trump does not know anything about the reporter or anything about what the reporter looks like,” the Trump campaign said in a statement on Thursday.

Trump had cited a 2001 article by Times reporter Serge Kovaleski — then with The Washington Post — that appeared to corroborate his story of seeing Muslim Americans in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Kovaleski, who suffers from a chronic condition that limits the movement of his arms, went on CNN to renounce his report, after which Trump impersonated him on stage at a South Carolina rally.

“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy: ‘Uhh, I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said,’ ” Trump said at the rally, flailing his arms as he imitated Kovaleski. “That was 14 years ago — they didn’t issue a retraction.”

The Times said in a statement on Thursday it is “outrageous” that Trump would “ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”

But Trump said he was only trying to give the impression that Kovaleski was “a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.”

“Serge Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did,” his campaign's statement read. “He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes.”

The 2001 Kovaleski article read in part: “Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”

Trump has used the article to bolster his claim that some Muslims were “dancing in the streets” as the World Trade Center came down on Sept. 11.