Trump rebuked for saying it was ‘tough’ to watch the Paralympics -

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Trump rebuked for saying it was ‘tough’ to watch the Paralympics

President Trump said he had a "tough" time watching the Paralympic games in Pyeongchang last month.(MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES)
President Trump, who infamously mocked a disabled journalist on the campaign trail, said Friday he had a "tough" time watching American Paralympians compete in South Korea.
Trump made the off-color comment while congratulating U.S. athletes who participated in the Olympic and Paralympic games in Pyeongchang last month.
"What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me," Trump said, standing on the White House North Portico surrounded by members of the Olympic and Paralympic teams. "And I watched — it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could."
A person familiar with the situation told the Daily News that Trump was referring to his schedule and how it prevented him from watching all of the games.  
President Trump greeted members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams Friday. (ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES)
But the remark nonetheless drew instant ire over social media.
"Imagine losing your legs then fighting your way to the top of a new sport only to be INSULTED by the President of the United States," musician Mikel Jollett tweeted.
Trump was widely rebuked after he made fun of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has arthrogryposis, a condition causing contractures in his right arm and hand.
"And I watched — it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could," Trump said. (ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES)
"You've got to see this guy: 'Uhh, I don't know what I said. Uhh, I don't remember,' he's going like, 'I don't remember. Maybe that's what I said,'" Trump said during a campaign rally in South Carolina on Nov. 24, 2015, twisting his right arm and hand in a demeaning way seemingly meant to mimic Kovaleski's disability.
Trump was referencing a statement Kovaleski had issued at the time rebutting Trump's claim that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City as the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11.
Amid the subsequent backlash, Trump claimed he was not mocking Kovaleski's disability, saying he didn't know what the reporter looked like.
But Kovaleski poked holes in the denial, noting he met Trump dozens of times and was on a first-name basis with the real estate mogul while reporting on him for this newspaper in the 1990s.

- ny news 

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