Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump, mocked the plight of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome on national television on Tuesday.
The child is one of more than 2,300 who have been separated from a parent at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks, according to officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.
Lewandowski was debating the Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas on Fox News in response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lawsuit against the Trump administration’s new child separation policy. When Petkanas started to talk about the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the border, Lewandowski interrupted and said, “womp womp” -- a sound typically used to feign sadness or indicate or make fun of a failure.
“Did you just say ‘womp womp’ to a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome being taking from her mother?” a shocked Petkanas responded. “How dare you? How absolutely dare you sir?”
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Lewandowski’s remarks have been condemned by prominent voices from across the American political spectrum, including the former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain, and the social justice activist and Intercept columnist Sean King.