On July 28, 2017, author J.K. Rowling released a series of tweets alleging that U.S. President Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy named Monty Weer.
This claim came from a video of a press conference from July 28, 2017, wherein President Trump gave a speech about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare in the United States. The video which Rowling referenced came from a tweet (now removed) by actor Ansel Elgort, which apparently depicted Donald Trump ignoring Monty as the boy attempted to shake Trump’s hand as he was walking out of the press conference.
A full version of the video, however, was later released which showed that President Trump greeted Monty, and that this part was cut out of the video widely disseminated on social media, thus casting doubt on Rowling’s assertions.
It is on this basis that we rate this claim as false.
UPDATE (July 31, 2017):
Mediaite has reported that J.K. Rowling has removed her tweets criticizing President Trump over the aforementioned “deceptively edited video” and apologized.
Politifact has also rated her claim as false in an article entitled: “J.K. Rowling falsely accuses Trump of not shaking disabled boy’s hand.”
Furthermore, they noted that an image, shared by British journalist Piers Morgan, depicts the mother of the boy, Marjorie Weer, addressing Rowling in a post on Facebook and stating: “Trump didn’t snub my son & Monty wasn’t even trying to shake his hand.”
The image went on to say that Monty is three years old and not one for shaking hands, and that the boy was “showing off his newly acquired secret service patch.”
Politifact traced the image to a Reddit post from July 30, 2017, but could not independently verify that “Marjorie Weer had actually written it on Facebook.”
BizPacReview.com presented an image of Weer’s post and the boy holding his patch here: