Disability Rights Activist Recalls Trump Snub: He Sees Us ‘As Less Than Others’

The conservative website PJ Media was at the Road to Majority summit, a Christian conservative event hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition and Concerned Women for America, last week and interviewed attendees about their views of Donald Trump. Yesterday, PJ Media wrote up a number of those interviews, including this anecdote from a disability rights activist who was in attendance and said that she had first met Trump years ago:

Melissa Ortiz, founder of the disabled advocacy organization Able Americans, also saw The Donald’s speech, and said, “He was very fake, he wasn’t himself.” Ortiz recalled meeting Trump for the first time, years ago.

“He said everybody knows people with disabilities and Wounded Warriors don’t have any money to spend anyway, so why do they need to be in my high-end buildings? And I’ve seen the way that some of you wheelchair people drive, you’ll knock all the finishings off the walls,” Ortiz confided. “That’s a problem because it shows a mindset. He doesn’t view us as sub-human, but as less than others. I don’t know anybody in the community of people with disabilities who’s good with that.”


Ortiz proved rather hostile to The Donald. She openly called for a delegate revolt at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, next month, saying it was “not outside the realm of possibility” that Republican insiders reject Trump as the nominee, last minute. She also chided religious leaders for supporting Trump at the faith voters conference.

“He doesn’t support biblical values, he doesn’t live biblical values,” Ortiz declared. “This is a faith voters conference. How can we do this?!”

Trump infamously mocked a disabled reporter last year, an action that has come back to haunt him via a damning ad from a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC.