A CNN political reporter has come under fire for a tweet that appeared to be mocking polio survivor Sen. Mitch McConnell as he held hands with President Trump after a press conference in the Rose Garden.
The tweet by CNN’s Daniella Diaz Monday afternoon was posted along with a video of Trump guiding McConnell up stairs. It was captioned ‘That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though.’
Diaz’s colleague, CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju, weighed in writing ‘McConnell is a polio survivor, a reason why stairs can be tricky at times.’
Raju added in ‘McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance.’
In 1990, according to Fox News, McConnell explained his medical condition in a campaign ad for re-election in Kentucky.
‘When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,’ McConnell explained.
The polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, after tens of thousands of children developed paralytic polio every year, according to WebMD.
Post-polio syndrome affects some people who had the condition, and symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain and progressive weakness in muscles.
The Twitter-sphere reacted immediately to Diaz’s tweet which had not been taking down over 24 hours after it was posted.