“The Crowd Started Chanting 'U-S-A' And Pushing His Wheelchair,” Boy's Mother Says
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Yesterday, this young man was kicked out of a Trump rally. As he was leaving, people kicked at his wheelchair. Today, he met his President. pic.twitter.com/VI4g2tKANG— Steve Schale (@steveschale) November 6, 2016
President Barack Obama met Sunday with a 12-year-old boy in a wheelchair who reportedly was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally a day before.
J.J. Holmes, who suffers from a severe case of cerebral palsy, went to the Trump rally to protest the GOP nominee's mocking of people with disabilities, according to his mother, Alison Holmes.
“The crowd started chanting 'U-S-A' and pushing his wheelchair,” Alison said, according to The Washington Post. “We were put out by security. Mr. Trump kept saying, 'Get them out.' "
As Holmes was speaking to a White House pool reporter on Sunday, her son said through his vocalization device: "I hate Donald Trump. I hate Donald Trump.”
Obama met J.J. after speaking at a rally in support of Hillary Clinton in Kissimmee, where he slammed Trump over the GOP nominee's false assertion that the president "screamed" at a protester last week.
"[He] didn't just make it up, but said the exact opposite of what had happened, with impunity," Obama said. "There was tape, there was a video, and some of the press called him out on it, but the point is, he thought it was OK just to lie in front of all his supporters on television, wasn't even trying to be sneaky about it. But that says something about how unacceptable behavior has become normal, and that's why he's uniquely unqualified to hold this job."
Obama also mocked Trump for having his Twitter privileges revoked by his campaign staff.
"They had so little confidence in his self-control, they said we're just going to take away your Twitter," Obama said. "Now, if somebody can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes."
Watch clips from Obama's speech below.