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J.K. Rowling Apologizes for Sharing a Fake Story About President Trump

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has carved out a decent niche for herself as a savvy Twitter user, but she came under fire last week for a series of tweets that badly misread a video of President Donald Trump’s interaction with a wheelchair-bound boy.

In the original tweets, Rowling shared a video that was edited by Democratic congressional aide Ansel Herz. In the video, Trump appears to ignore a young, differently abled boy named Monty as the boy reaches up to greet him. The video, however, did not present the full context. In the unedited video, Trump is showing leaning over to speak with Monty (who suffers from spinal bifida).

Monty’s uncle and mother both took to social media to defend Trump and explain the full interaction.

In response, Rowling tweeted out a lengthy apology on Monday morning.

Just another reminder to take a few seconds before lashing out on social media and make sure you’ve got all the details. Failure to do so could result in some pretty serious embarrassment, if not outright slander. If it happened to the most famous author of our generation, it can happen to anyone.

 

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