CNN Reporter Mocks Polio Survivor McConnell For Needing Help Up Stairs

A CNN reporter made a huge mistake on social media with a joke that mocked Senator Mitch McConnell.

President Trump helped Mitch McConnell up the stairs at the White House after a Rose Garden press conference.  CNN reporter, Daniella Diaz, thought what she called their “hand-lock” was funny enough to post a clip on Twitter.

Maybe Diaz thought she’d get some attention for her little joke.

She did, but probably not the kind of attention she expected.

Diaz didn’t know that McConnell is a polio survivor, and thus needs a little help getting up stairs.

Twitter users were quick to point this out, and didn’t find Diaz posting a video of McConnell needing help to Twitter as funny as she did.

CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju took the time to point out to his colleague that her post was uninformed and not appropriate.

Diaz apparently didn’t get the message. Rather than deleting the post, she left it online, for the world to see. It’s upset plenty a lot of users, including family members of Polio survivors.


“My mother has polio,” wrote one user. “I’ve done the same thing for her most of my life. It’s called compassion.”

Several news sites picked up on Diaz’s mistake, but so far she still hasn’t apologized for the misunderstanding. She hasn’t even bothered to remove the post.

Perhaps Diaz, now aware of her mistake, doesn’t think the Tweet’s so bad. It is.

She posted a clip of a polio survivor being helped up the stairs with the caption “That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though.”

How does she still not notice how crude that is?

Fox News reports:

CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz sent a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell locked hands while walking up stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden press conference. Diaz seemed to be mocking the Republican duo – but while followers quickly pointed out that the Kentucky senator is a polio survivor, the tweet remains on her feed nearly 24 hours later.

[…] Back in 1990, McConnell explained his medical situation in a campaign ad when running 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.

Before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1955, tens of thousands of American 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.

Diaz has had plenty of time to correct herself, and the story is going viral.

She’s making CNN reporters look like clueless children on social media, and she doesn’t seem to care. Perhaps CNN will.