This video of Trump ignoring a disabled child repeatedly trying to shake his hand is heartbreaking

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Here’s a video from the White House of Donald Trump greeting a group of people at the White House. As you can see, a young disabled child repeatedly reaches out to shake Trump’s hand as he moves down the row greeting everyone. Despite a repeated attempt to shake the hand of the man standing directly next to and eventually in front of him, Trump doesn’t even see the child, stepping toward the side door without ever even acknowledging him. 

Child in wheelchair reaches up twice to shake the president's hand pic.twitter.com/v2cNVwX9Je

— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) July 24, 2017

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This is actually perfectly symbolic of how Trump views disabled citizens in general, he doesn’t see them or think of them at all. Out of sight, out of mind. He may ignore them, but disabled activists have emerged as some of the biggest heroes of all in this health care fight. National ADAPT members have been ignored, mocked, berated and arrested, but they refused to give up.

They travelled to D.C.
They slept outside in wheelchairs.
They were arrested.
They never lost faith.
They saved Medicaid. @NationalADAPT pic.twitter.com/1Fl34iduUd

— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) July 28, 2017

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Holding a sign that says “Medicaid = Life & Liberty for Disabled People.” #SaveMedicad #ADAPTandRESIST pic.twitter.com/QIfgxRILl3

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 25, 2017

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We'd rather go to jail then Die without Medicaid! #ADAPTandRESIST pic.twitter.com/do3BRBjlgB

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 25, 2017

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Pouring rain will not stop the #ADAPTandResist campout to #SaveMedicaid at 1st/Constitution NW at Senate buildings. #ProtectOurCare pic.twitter.com/RKSTi6LEcX

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 24, 2017

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.@GOP lets talk. Come out & use your words not a tax cut for billionaires that'll drive us into institutions pic.twitter.com/x41yR52Ibb

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 10, 2017

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.@SenToomey quit hiding from your constituents. Save our life & liberty. #NoBCRA #NoCapsNoCuts #SaveHCBS #SaveMedicaid #ADAPTandResist pic.twitter.com/aaSpOcyJyi

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 3, 2017

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The women of Denver ADAPT are FREE! @SenCoryGardner would rather send them to jail than meet with them to discuss NOT CUTTING MEDICAID pic.twitter.com/qkMHNLrJuH

— NationalADAPT (@NationalADAPT) July 1, 2017

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These protests were organized by National ADAPT, a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

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