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Trump Says the Paralympics Were 'Tough' to Watch

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On Friday, President Trump welcomed Team USA representatives for the Olympics and Paralympics to the White House. Trump congratulated both teams for their successes, but one comment about the Paralympics being “tough” to watch has some people wondering what the President meant.

So today, on behalf of the United States, I want to thank every Olympian and Paralympian. And what as just incredible. And 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. It was really fantastic, and I want to thank you.

People on Twitter condemned the President’s comment, highlighting the athletic prowess of the Paralympic athletes and the ableism underlying the idea that accomplishing something as a person with a disability makes you an “inspiration.”

Others wanted a better explanation of why it was “tough” to watch.

This is not the first time Trump has been accused of prejudice against people with disabilities. In 2015, Trump came under fire for publicly mocking Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with a disability. The Trump administration has also pushed for changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act — such as lifetime caps and work requirements — that would hurt the disability community.

Originally published: April 27, 2018
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