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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

An off-hand but deeply troubling remark has undermined what should have been an easy event for the White House to pull off on Friday: the honoring of Olympics and Paralympics medal-winners.

President Donald Trump hosted the event and praised the athletes for their achievements.

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

As Bustle noted, these remarks prompted outrage on Twitter.

It’s not exactly clear what Trump meant, but it seemed to suggest he was uncomfortable watching the Paralympics athletes — who have a range of disabilities — perform in their events. The idea that people with disabilities are inherently flawed or somehow off-putting is a deeply harmful prejudice that continues to contribute to unjust discrimination.

If the president hadn’t previously mocked a reporter’s disability on the campaign trail, one might be able to give Trump the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn’t expressing any prejudice. But Trump never apologized for that cruel display, and he merits no benefit of the doubt on this issue. One might think he was saying he doesn’t have much time to watch much TV as president — but that idea is laughable on its face.

The most plausible interpretation is the also the most obvious: The president had no problem expressing his discomfort with people who have disabilities at an event meant to honor their achievements.

Watch the clip below:

This headline of this story originally used the word “hard” instead of “tough,” which is what the president actually said.


Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

Donald Trump Jr.

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You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.