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Rowling Issues Half-Hearted Apology After Pushing Trump Lie For 3 Days

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Author J.K. Rowling issued an apology on Twitter Monday after pushing a false claim for three days that President Donald Trump avoided a boy in a wheelchair, as unedited video shows the president shaking the boy’s hand.

Trump met with a group of “victims of Obamacare” July 24 shortly before giving a press conference about health care reform. The invitees stood on the stage behind Trump as he gave his speech.

The “Harry Potter” author cited a conveniently edited video on Twitter, showing Trump taking the stage and avoiding shaking the hand of a young boy in a wheelchair.

Rowling raged on Twitter last week that Trump “pretends not to see” the child, “as though frightened he might catch his condition.” However, the unedited version of the clip later emerged, clearly showing Trump crouching down and greeting the boy.

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Rowling sent her original tweets July 28, later apologizing Monday.

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