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Donald Trump, whether it was intentional or not, picked a fight with the top U.S. Paralympians on Friday. During a ceremony at the White House to honor those who competed in the 2018 Paralympics Games in South Korea, Trump made an insensitive comment by saying the event was tough to watch.
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
Did he mean to be insensitive by saying it was tough to watch? Some thought not, believing his remarks were more of a reflection of vocational time management issues. But others couldn’t help but remember his revolting display during the presidential campaign when he made fun of a disabled New York Times reporter.
No matter how you took the off-handed comment, there’s little question that the Paralympics wasn’t pleased with it and subtweeted Trump on Saturday to prove it.
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
Figure skater Adam Rippon, who refused a meeting with Mike Pence during the Olympics and then declined a trip to the White House, also weighed in on Trump’s comment.
“Current mood,” he tweeted. “Having no regrets about missing this trip.”
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.