Former Trump campaign manager mocks girl with Down syndrome

Clay Curtis
June 20, 2018

Lewandowski worked as campaign manager for Trump during the United States president's 2016 campaign.

"Womp-womp", Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, said mockingly.

Lewandowski had said prior to Petkanas relaying the story of the girl with Down syndrome that "as soon as you cross the border illegally, you have committed an act which is a disservice to all of the people who have stood in line and waited to get into this country legally".

Before Petkanas finished his sentence, Lewandowski cut in, saying "womp, womp", at which point Petkanas stopped his story and asked Lewandowski, "Did you just say "womp, womp" to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?"

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On Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray shared the 10-year-old girl's story, calling it "particularly painful".

"Did you just say "whuh whuh" to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome?" "How dare you. How absolutely dare you, sir". The girl and her brother were sent to a USA detention facility in McAllen, Texas, while their mother was sent an hour away to Brownsville, Videgaray added.

The children's mother, who accompanied them to the border, is in a shelter in Brownsville, Texas, where a former Walmart now houses thousands of would-be immigrants on the border with Mexico.

The administration's continues to struggle to articulate its argument for the policy, even as polls show two-thirds of Americans oppose family separation and some GOP lawmakers are breaking ranks with the president.

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