Hours after President Donald Trump called the Paralympic Games “tough to watch,” the organization called on the President to join the billions of viewers around the world who are inspired by the competition.
The Paralympic Games on Saturday responded to President Trump’s comment that the games are “tough to watch,” tweeting that they hope he “continues to watch and be inspired.”
“Record numbers of people around the world are not finding @Paralympics tough to watch,” the organization tweeted on Saturday. “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.”
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
The tweet comes in response to a remark Trump made at a Friday ceremony celebrating this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. “What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” Trump said at the ceremony, according to The Daily Beast. “And I watched — it’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”
Trump made the comment during a White House celebration of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
“What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” he said during his remarks. “And I watched — it’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”
Several athletes skipped the traditional White House visit, with some citing Trump’s policies as a reason they did not attend. Among them was figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay man named to a U.S. Olympic team, who has been a critic of Trump’s LGBT policies and made donations to Planned Parenthood, GLAAD and the Red Cross in lieu of attending the event.
The remark sparked immediate backlash online, with many recalling an incident during the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump appeared to mock a reporter with physical disability. Trump denied the accusation.
Current mood: Having no regrets about missing this trip. https://t.co/xxcKxKz6NL
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) April 28, 2018
Trump, who openly mocked a disabled reporter during his campaign, said today he finds the Paralympics “tough to watch.” Has there ever been a President who so openly disdained disabled people? https://t.co/YykfShQ4KW pic.twitter.com/0jVbmpbmEQ
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) April 27, 2018
Resolve, mettle, courage, resiliency – dignity, equality – it's not just easy to watch, its inspiring.
What's hard to watch are this President's comments, his Administration.
There are better angels among us. They're competing in the Paralympics not plundering the White House. https://t.co/w4naomlsDT
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) April 27, 2018