Paralympic gold medalist Mallory Weggemann called out Trump for saying the Paralympic Games were 'tough to watch.'
“The Paralympic Games aren’t tough to watch. They are empowering,” she stated. “They redefine possibility and they exemplify athleticism at the highest level. So, when the president of the United States says that it’s ‘tough to watch too much’ of the Paralympic Games during Team USA’s visit to the White House, it is not only dismissive towards individuals with disabilities, it is tone deaf and frankly has opened the door for the most dangerous level of ignorance from others.”
Weggemann won a gold medal at London’s Paralympic Games in 2012 and traveled to Pyeongchang as a reporter. There, she had the opportunity to watch the inspiring athletes give it their all, in hopes of winning gold.
“When individuals make passing comments that it’s ‘tough to watch individuals suffer through disability,’ not only is that mindset diminishing to the millions of Americans that live with a disability, but it is an ableist mindset thinking that just because someone has differences, then they must be suffering, she stated. “Those 74 athletes that represented Team USA — they aren’t suffering. They are excelling. They are doing what so many wouldn’t even dare to dream of.”