During a White House event that was supposed to honor the Paralympians, the US president did what he does best: He somehow managed to turn what should have been a nice event into an opportunity to insult people.
When addressing the Paralympic athletes in particular, Trump said one of his most cringe-worthy comments ever:
“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.”
You know what’s “a little tough to watch” Mr President? Literally everything you’ve being doing and saying since you became President. Because to you, the United States has become one giant stomach ulcer for the entire world to deal with. You have proven time and again you have absolutely no sense of empathy toward people with disabilities.
Trumps insulting words caused a well-deserved backlash, so much so that the Paralympics organization had to respond.
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 sit well with anybody.
I don’t know about everyone else, but watching amazing people overcoming incredible odds to pull off extraordinary feats, is something I can’t take my eyes off of.— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) April 28, 2018
You’re disgusting @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/bpOrjzUpEH
"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
This is not the first time Trump insults people with disabilities: At a South Carolina rally in November 2015, he openly mocked New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a disease that limits the function of his joints.