While meeting with the dwindled number of athletes who opted to actually visit the White House today, Trump made a comment that proved just how devoid of compassion and tact he truly is.
While speaking about Team USA’s Olympians and Paralympians during their visit to Washington, D.C., the president publicly said that the Paralympics were “a little tough to watch too much.”
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
“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,” he said.
If the comment was said inadvertently, then it puts into question his frightening – and, frankly, dangerous – lack of self-awareness. If it was said on purpose, then his vileness truly knows no bounds. Either way, it underscores just how incapable he is of effectively overseeing even the most innocuous of tasks.
The Paralympic athletes may have been well served to join those athletes who opted to boycott the occasion. Many of Team USA’s most prominent names bailed on the visit, including flag bearer Erin Hamlin, snowboarder Chloe Kim, skier Gus Kenworthy, Jessie Diggins, David Wise, and Adam Rippon and nearly all the rest of his figure skating colleagues, among others.
Perhaps they can return one day when the Oval Office is occupied by someone worthy of meeting them, given their tremendous and noble achievements.