"Re: my tweets about the small boy in a wheelchair whose proferred hand the president appeared to ignore in press footage, multiple sources have informed me that that was not a full or accurate representation of their interaction," Rowling tweeted Monday night. "I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw and if that caused any distress to that boy or his family, I apologize unreservedly. These tweets will remain, but I will delete the previous ones on the subject."
The controversy began when Ansel Herz, a communications director for Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), tweeted a short video of Trump seemingly ignoring a small boy in a wheelchair who was putting his hand out to greet the president. He later apologized for the mistake.
Rowling, a vocal critic of Trump, then retweeted the video, followed by a rant.
'When someone shows you who they are, believe them,'" Rowling tweeted, quoting author Maya Angelou. "Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition.
Rowling continued to say that her mother used a wheelchair and she noticed that some people were uncomfortable, but "if they had a shred of decency, they got over it."
She added: "That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilized norms are having a corrosive effect. How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the President."
But it turned out the video was edited to show only when Trump was leaving the room and didn't include the moment he entered and wet to the small boy first, spending several moments chatting with him and his parents.
A woman believed to be the boy's mother posted a message to Rowling on Facebook.
"Ummmm...if someone can please get a message to JK Rowling: Trump didn't snub my son & Monty wasn't even trying to shake his hand," wrote Marjorie Kelly Weer. "(1. He's 3 and hand shaking is not his thing, 2. he was showing off his newly acquired secret service patch). Thanks".