Donald Trump, a rotten turnip who has magically grown human legs, has vehemently denied making fun of a NY Times reporter with a disability this week. In truly impressive fashion, Trump actually tried to turn the whole story around, chastising reporter Serge Kovaleski—who has a chronic condition that gives him limited movement in his arm—for "using his disability to grandstand," and demanding an apology from the Times.

Trump unveiled his horrifying impression of Kovaleski on Tuesday during a rally in South Carolina, while he desperately struggled to keep his much-debunked NJ 9/11 cheering story alive. He said, "Now the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: 'Uhh I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.'" While he said that, he flailed his arms wildly, imitating the angle at which Kovaleski's hand sometimes rests. You can see video of it below.

Trump released a long statement denying his comments of physical movements were meant to mock Kovaleski, and denied remembering Kovaleski at all "despite having one of the all-time great memories." Instead, Trump said, "Kovaleski must think a lot of himself if he thinks I remember him from decades ago — if I ever met him at all, which I doubt I did. He should stop using his disability to grandstand and get back to reporting for a paper that is rapidly going down the tubes."

He also tweeted some shit about the Times, which he's been doing a lot in recent days:

Kovaleski isn't buying Trump's reheated excuses one bit, telling the Washington Post that he’s sure Trump remembers him and his disability, both because of their numerous interactions in the past, and the fact Trump referred to him as a "nice reporter" and "poor guy."

The Times writes:

In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Kovaleski said that he met with Mr. Trump repeatedly when he was a reporter for The Daily News covering the developer’s business career in the late 1980s, before joining The Post. “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,” Mr. Kovaleski said. “I’ve interviewed him in his office,” he added. “I’ve talked to him at press conferences. All in all, I would say around a dozen times, I’ve interacted with him as a reporter while I was at The Daily News.”

A representative for The Times said on Wednesday: “We’re outraged that he would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters.”

Let us not mince words here: Trump is lying about this. His impression of "a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago" was too exact, too specific, too close to Kovaleski's reality to not be about him and his condition. There is little ambiguity here. It's important to call out bullshit for what it is, and that's what we're dealing with here.

You know it's bad when Red State, the preeminent conservative blog, can't muster up a defense of Trump. In fact, they instead deconstructed all of Trump's excuses today, saying his "defense is completely implausible to anyone possessed of a functioning forebrain."

So, to believe that Trump had no idea what Koveleski looked like or the particulars of his disability, you would have to believe a) that the entire written record of their numerous interactions is fabricated, and Koveleski in particular (the very person on whose word Trump is staking his 9/11 claims) is flat out lying b) that he said “the poor guy” when referring to Koveleski because… well, I have no idea what the “because” is even supposed to be on that one and c) Trump was able to pull off an imitation of Koveleski’s specific physical deformity purely by chance.

If you still have any questions, please refer to the Taiwanese Animated retelling of the incident: