Donald Trump appears to mock a reporter's disability

Donald Trump appears to mock the reporter who has a congenital joint condition.

Donald Trump has been roundly criticised for appearing to mock a disabled reporter from the New York Times.

His comments have been criticised by UK disability charity Scope, who labelled his behaviour "bullying, discriminatory and extremely damaging".

Mr Trump, who is aiming to become the Republican presidential candidate performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally in South Carolina.

He had been quoting from an article co-written by Mr Kovaleski in 2001 for the Washington Post, as he sought to back up his controversial and widely disputed claims that "thousands" of Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey.

The businessman said he had seen Mr Kovaleski interviewed on CNN, and then appeared to mimic him as he waved his arms and said: "The poor guy - you've got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don't know what I said! I don't remember!'"

Mr Kovaleski told the Washington Post, "The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record."

A spokesman for Mr Trump declined to comment on the incident when approached by the newspaper.

Beth Grossman, head of policy at charity Scope, said she was "incredulous" that a high-profile political figure would mock somebody for being disabled.