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The Paralympics Fire Back At Trump After He Called Them ‘Tough to Watch’

The Paralympic Games issued a response to Donald Trump the day after he publicly stated the games were “a little tough to watch.”

Trump went off-script in a White House event on Friday meant to congratulate American athletes who had participated in the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Pyeongchang.

“What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” Trump said. “And I watched—it’s a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could.”

The Paralympic Games’ official Twitter account replied to Trump’s comments Saturday morning. “Record numbers around the world are not finding @Paralympics tough to watch,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “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.”

A kind, almost gentle counter to a cruel jab. Many on Twitter had stronger reactions, roundly criticizing the president for turning a simple photo-op into an opportunity to insult the disabled.

Others defended Trump, positing that he was simply implying he didn’t have the time to watch too much television.

Many big Winter Olympic names boycotted the White House event in any case.

“I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different,” figure skater Adam Rippon wrote on Twitter.

He later added he had “no regrets about missing this trip” after the president’s “tough to watch” comment blew up.