During today’s White House visit by Team USA’s Olympians and Paralympians, the president put on full display his flagrant lack of compassion and tact, publicly stating 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,” Trump said.
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Figure skater Adam Rippon, who opted to forego the trip, took to Twitter to defend his decision.
Current mood: Having no regrets about missing this trip. https://t.co/xxcKxKz6NL
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 28, 2018
If Trump’s 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. Along with Rippon, 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 nearly the entire figure skating team, 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.