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Athletes at the very top of their game now face a side effect of success that did not really exist in 2016—the victory lap visit to the White House is now something many have come to dread.

Since Donald Trump was elected, America’s professional and collegiate athletes continue to decline the so-called “honor” of meeting with the president after their greatest triumphs; this week, members of Team USA joined those ranks.

Of course, the rotting tangerine golfer-in-chief made sure to find a way to alienate those Olympians who actually did show up.

During a ceremony honoring U.S. Olympic and Paralympic competitors from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, President Donald Trump expressed his own apparent personal discomfort with watching the athletes with disabilities compete.

“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.”

Watch below for the exact moment Trump goes off-book and veers into thinly-veiled ableism.

What a terribly insensitive thing to say in any situation, but particularly at a celebration of elite athletes who just busted their butts to bring these United States great honor on a world stage. Unfortunately, it’s pretty tame by Trump standards. It also ignores that his entire presidency is what’s really “tough to watch.”

Outrage predictably ensued at Trump’s utterly predictable disrespect to our nation’s best winter athletes.

Team USA also had thoughts on the matter. This tweet from the Paralympics official account says it all.

That’s class right there.

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