The Paralympics organization put Trump in his place for his awful comment
During an event honoring Olympians and Paralympians at the White House, our president did what he always does — somehow managed to turn what should have been a nice event into another occasion to shove his foot in his mouth.
When addressing the Paralympic athletes in particular, Trump offered up one of his most cringe-worthy moments yet:
“What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me. And I watched — it’s a little tough to watch too much ― but I watched as much as I could.”
WATCH: During an event with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians at the White House, President Trump said, "What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me. And I watched — it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could." pic.twitter.com/geYUUu9vmg
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) April 27, 2018
You know what’s more than “a little tough to watch?” LITERALLY EVERYTHING TRUMP DOES AND SAYS. Our entire nation is just one giant, collective stomach ulcer because of this asshole. Who has proven time and again he has absolutely zero empathy or understanding of how to talk to human beings with disabilities.
His words — his insulting, harmful, and ableist words — caused a well-deserved uproar, so much so that the Paralympics organization used Trump’s own words in their response.
Record numbers around the world are not finding @Paralympics tough to watch. Billions of viewers now take in the Paralympics in hundreds of countries around the world. We hope the US President continues to watch and be inspired by the Paralympics. https://t.co/3jhr5Fd8tT
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) April 28, 2018
“Record numbers around the world are not finding Paralympics tough to watch. Billions of viewers now take in the Paralympics in hundreds of countries around the world.”
Many notable Olympians, like figure skater Adam Rippon, skipped out on the White House event.
Current mood: Having no regrets about missing this trip. https://t.co/xxcKxKz6NL
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 28, 2018
Rippon wasn’t alone in his disgust. While Trump surely says and does insulting, vile things on a consistent basis — humiliating Paralympians at an event intended to honor their athletic ability didn’t exactly sit well with, well, literally anyone.
"It's a little tough to watch too much," said the United States about the President. https://t.co/kBM0aM8p8t
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) April 27, 2018
The ten days of the Paralympics in 2012 are among the happiest and most memorable of my working life. Trump again reveals his own disability – talking. https://t.co/gAQi0BmbmS
— Shelagh Fogarty (@ShelaghFogarty) April 28, 2018
I watched every minute. Wasn’t tough. It was a competitive, entertaining and at times very moving Winter Games. Paralympians are tough. Watching them earn the recognition they deserve and continue to work incredibly hard for? Not tough. That’s a privilege. https://t.co/8KGjk0PziB
— Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) April 28, 2018
Remember when Trump openly mocked a reporter with disabilities during his campaign? And we still elected him to run our country? Right. Though this is in no way surprising or out of character, it serves as another unwelcome reminder that when it comes to the Trump administration, none of this is normal and we can’t treat it as such by ignoring it.