While Donald Trump’s administration collapses around him, he traipses off to Florida to play golf again.
The hypocrisy of his doing so is lost on none of us who remember his previous complaints about President Obama’s golf game.
NBC News’ Brad Jaffy happily provides a reminder of these tweets:
Trump today made his 7th trip to the golf course in 6 weeks as president.
Here are his previous tweets about presidents and golf: pic.twitter.com/z3jsRN3C01
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 4, 2017
If you have any doubts, a February 23 look at the charge by fact checking site Snopes rates this claim as “mostly true.”
However, what Snopes had trouble with was not that Trump criticized Obama for golfing while golfing himself, but a popular meme that lists 38 times Trump criticized Obama, and that at the time they “were only able to confirm that three of those visits included his playing golf.”
Snopes could not find 38 such complaints by Trump but “found that he had complained about his predecessor’s leisure activities about 15 times between 2014 and 2017.”
Fifteen times is plenty enough. Thirty-eight would be overkill. In fact, Trump playing golf even once would make him the hypocrite because as we all remember, Trump famously said on August 8, 2016:
“I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”
Right. Well, he also said he had a replacement for Obamacare and that he’d deliver a plan to defeat ISIS in his first 30 days in office.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how many times Trump played golf. What matters is that he was not only too busy to play but that he will go down in history as the president who was too busy playing golf to save his own scandal-ridden administration.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.