Rep. Waters brings photo of Trump mocking disabled reporter to House floor

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) drew attention on Thursday for her use of a prop on the House floor: a photo of President Trump mocking a disabled reporter during the 2016 campaign.

Waters spoke next to the enlarged photo as she commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act a day earlier.

"It is a day to reflect on how people with disabilities are treated in our society," Waters began.


"Our president indicated to us what he thinks about people with disabilities long before he was elected, when he mocked a disabled reporter. Mocking the disabled is rude and insensitive and it sends a terrible message to our children."

Waters originally planned to speak next to a photo of Trump mocking the disabled reporter that had a CNN chyron explaining his remarks. But the House presiding officer instructed Waters to use a different poster, which was an otherwise identical photo without any caption.

“Would you tell us why?" Waters inquired.

"It’s the determination of the chair that it’s a breach of the decorum of the House," the presiding officer replied.

Trump has denied that he was mocking the reporter, Serge Kovaleski of the New York Times, who has a cogenital joint disorder. 

"I was never mocking anyone," Trump told the New York Times in January. "I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story."