I could pick any topic to discuss in this sort of manner, but golf it is. There is an eclectic mix of commenters here and I wanted a definite answer from a group of them, namely the fervent and immutable Trump supporters.
First, let me give you Trump’s own words before I hit you with Trump’s own behaviour.
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2014
He was then recorded on FOX saying:
“When you’re president, you sort of say, like, ‘I’m gonna give it up for a few years and I’m gonna really focus on the job’. There are times to play and there are times that you can’t play and it sends the wrong signal.”
And so on. Trump was very critical of Obama playing golf as POTUS.
Ebola killed two people in America.
Coronavirus has killed northwards of 100,000 Americans.
Don’t forget, Trump claimed in February that the fifteen cases of COVID-19 in the US “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
Trump also said, as the sort of thing he often says (he’s the best in the world at [insert skill here]): “Golf is a great game; nobody likes it more than me.”
This much appears to be true, at least in how much he does it compared to Obama and how much it is costing the US taxpayer. According to HuffPo’s “Trump’s 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary“, his golf hobby has now cost taxpayers $133.8 million.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, Trump frequently claimed he was playing golf too much and at too great an expense to taxpayers.
“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter,” he wrote three years later.
As he began his own run for the White House, candidate Trump repeatedly promised that golf would never make it onto a President Trump’s schedule. “I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again. I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he told a rally audience in February 2016, referring to his courses in Scotland and Miami. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off.”
Yet after three years in office, Trump has spent two-and-a-half times as many days on a golf course as Obama had done at the same point in his first term. If Trump plays golf both Saturday and Sunday, he will have played 248 times. Obama by his 1,123rd day in office had played 92 times.
Trump’s defence for playing golf was “exercise”, over which he has the most bizarre theory:
“Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy,” writes Evan Osnos in a piece entitled “How Trump Could Get Fired” that appears in the May 8, edition of the New Yorker.
That’s far from the first time we’ve heard that Trump and exercise aren’t friends. This, from a February 6 piece in Axios: “The only workout Trump gets is an occasional round of golf. Even then, he mostly travels by cart. On the campaign trail he viewed his rallies as his form of exercise.”
At best, he special pleads driving around in a cart and occasionally swinging at balls as the only exercise that constitutes “exercise”. Whoever is advising Trump right now needs their head checking.
So, for our resident Trumpistas, I wonder how they square this circle.
Here are the rules. They are not allowed to talk about anything other than golf, Trump and Obama. No other people will suffice in attempted whataboutery.
Let’s build it up logically:
- Trump harangued then POTUS for playing too much golf and for playing during a virus outbreak (that killed 2).
- Trump has played 2.5 x the amount of golf Obama did, and that’s taking 3 months off. He played during a global pandemic at the point where the death toll was 100,000 people, 50,000 x worse than Obama’s situation.
- Trump is either lying in 1) or a massive hypocrite. Or both.
We could also throw in the challenge that playing at Mar-a-Lago and having all of the expenditure there for all his staff has for the Emoluments Clause.
There is no shortage of Twitter ammunition with which Trump can be hoist by his own petard, but we’ll leave it here with golf.
The guy’s an absolute joke, an embarrassment to his country.
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