Disability Activists Have Taken Over Donald Trump’s Hashtag


People with disabilities have taken over Donald Trump’s hashtag #CrippledAmerica to spread disability awareness.

People with disabilities are now using #CrippledAmerica, originally made to promote Trump’s book of the same name, to tweet about their lives in America. The idea for the “takeover” came from comedian and disability activist Nina G.

“People perceive it as the disabled community doesn’t like the word ‘crippled,’ like it is a negative thing,” Nina G. told The Mighty. “It really wasn’t about that, it was about being heard.”

Nina G. wrote a blog post Dec. 1 in the wake of Trump’s alleged ridicule of a New York Times reporter with a disability and the presidential candidate’s comments claiming he’s done a lot for the disability community. Her post called for fellow activists to fill up the hashtag.

It read:

In protest to Trump’s initial remarks of Kovaleski and subsequent comments about how much money he has spent on people with disabilities, I propose we have a Tweet-in protest (just like a sit-in).  To help educate Trump and the rest of the U.S. about the American disability experience, tweet #CrippledAmerica (a hashtag he has used to publicize his book released this month). Share your experiences of life, love, barriers, employment, parenting, sex, art and everything else that represents real disabled Americans! Let’s make our experiences heard.

People listened. The hashtag filled up with stories about life in America with a disability.

Tweeters discussed everything from their love lives, to work, to the daily challenges they face in their communities.

Check out some of the tweets below: 

Nina G. says the hashtag has been a great opportunity for people with disabilities to be heard instead of being spoken for by people outside of the community.

“It would be great to have able-bodied allies who involved us in the conversation and looked to the disabilty community for leadership,” she told The Mighty. “People need to remember that we’re not talking points, were a community with our own feelings and thoughts. So many times people are being fought about in front of them but nod boy then involves them in that fight.”

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