But there's a much more innocent explanation for all of this: That Trump was talking about not having time or the resources to watch the Paralympics.
If Trump had said simply, “It's a little tough to watch,” his meaning would have been clearly derogatory, but the “too much,” suggests there was some kind of constraint on his viewership. That could be that he simply didn't like watching the Paralympics (or Olympic Games in general), yes, but it could also be because of some other constraint — either because of a lack of time or because there simply isn't as much Paralympic programming.
According to NBC Sports, there was 94 hours of Paralympic TV coverage across NBC's networks (with most of it being on cable) and 250 hours across all platforms, including the NBC Sports app. That was double what it was four years ago, but it was still a fraction of the Olympic coverage. There was 176 hours of Olympic coverage on NBC's broadcast network alone — and more than 2,400 hours across all platforms.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes is among those who think Trump's comment was probably just about time constraints.
Of course, the idea that Trump — who clearly watches lots of cable TV — doesn't have time to watch at least some the Paralympics is a little far-fetched. But that doesn't mean that wasn't what he was trying to claim.
There's also a nonzero chance that this was Trump trolling us — knowing what he said was going to be read in the most negative light by his opponents (and probed by the media) and that his supporters would view him as the victim of an overzealous backlash. As I've written before, Trump seems to have a knack for saying things that occupy a gray area of offensiveness.
But compared to his clear mocking of Kovaleski, this seems much more likely to have been meant to be innocuous.