CNN Reporter Mocks Polio Survivor Mitch McConnell When Trump Helps Him Up Stairs – Gets Ravaged on Twitter


CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz sent out a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump had locked arms with Sen. Mitch McConnell while walking up the stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden press conference.

Diaz’s tweet seemed to be mocking Trump for helping Sen. McConnell and followers were quick to inform her that he is a polio survivor.

“That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though,” Diaz wrote with video of the incident.

A CNN colleague called out Diaz, quoting her tweet and explaining the situation. At the time this article was published, Diaz had not deleted the tweet. Daily Beast Senior Editor Andrew Kirell also asked what was going on in a since-deleted response, Fox News reported.

“McConnell is a polio survivor, a reason why stairs can be tricky at times,” CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju wrote. “McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance.”

Many users commented on Diaz’s tweet, saying it needs to be removed and criticizing the CNN reporter.

Fox News reports:

Back in 1990, McConnell explained his medical situation in a campaign ad when running for re-election in Kentucky.

“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” McConnell explained.

Before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, tens of thousands of American children developed paralytic polio every year, according to WebMD. Post-polio syndrome affects some people who had the condition, and symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain and progressive weakness in muscles.

“So very cheap and sleazy journalism — if it even could be called journalism just a hate post,” one user wrote, while another said, “He had polio. Read a bio first if you’re going to report on people. It’s been known since he went to Congress.”

Another commenter schooled Diaz, “You are probably too young to realize that people used to get polio in this country. Childhood polio isn’t funny.”

CNN did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.


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