Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the retired pilot who safely landed an airplane in the Hudson river in 2009, slammed Lara Trump in an op-ed on Saturday for mocking Joe Biden’s stutter.
“Whether you stuttered as a child or laughed at one who did; whether as a parent you try to protect your own stuttering child from taunts such as those made by the president’s daughter-in-law; these words come without hesitation: Stop. Grow up. Show some decency. People who can’t have no place in public life,” Sullenberger wrote in the New York Times.
Sullenberg discloses that he is a supporter of Joe Biden for president, noting that he attended a fundraiser for the former vice president in 2019. However, he believes Trump’s mocking of Biden “goes beyond politics.” The incident Sullenberg refers to occurred at a campaign event for President Trump on Thursday in Iowa, where Lara Trump ostensibly mocked Biden’s stutter on debate stages.
“I feel kind of sad for Biden … I’m supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes onstage or they turn to him, I’m like, ‘Joe, can you get it out? Let’s get the words out, Joe,” said the president’s daughter-in-law.
Here’s @LaraLeaTrump at Trump event in Iowa mocking Biden for stuttering: “I feel kind of sad for Biden … I’m supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time they turn to him I’m like, ‘Joe can you get it out? Let’s get the words out Joe.’” pic.twitter.com/0inN9wXYJF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 17, 2020
Lara Trump denied the accusation that she mocked Biden in a tweet on Friday, citing it as “another example of the egregious reporting we see every day in the mainstream media.”
Yet another example of the egregious reporting we see every day in the mainstream media. Anyone who takes 10 seconds to watch what I actually said can clearly see that I never mention a stutter — didn’t even know he had one — but they can’t help themselves https://t.co/i7oyVR6xlp
— Lara Trump (@LaraLeaTrump) January 18, 2020
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