Yes. Donald Trump is golfing. Again. As NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell tells us, “Out of the White House, @realDonaldTrump is now at his golf club in Virginia where aides say he will have meetings in the clubhouse.”
It’s Trump’s 12th golf outting in his nine weeks as president. This has not gone unnoticed by Trump’s critics:
That’s right. This is eight consecutive weekends Trump has gone golfing in his 9 weeks as president. Each trip costs we taxpayers $3 million. At 12 trips that’s a cool $36 million.
Don’t get the idea, however, that Donald Trump only went golfing to work off his frustrations. This was predicted on Thursday:
If ACHA passes, Trump will spend the weekend golfing
However if it doesn't, Trump will be spending the weekend golfing
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) March 24, 2017
Now, you might object to Trump golfing on account of his massive hypocrisy and the fact that he doesn’t seem to be showing an awful lot of interest in actually governing the country. But as John Harwood relates, Sean Spicer assures us there is no need to worry on that score:
Spicer says Trump golfing different from Obama golfing because of "how you use the game of golf" to advance US interests
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 20, 2017
Oh, well then, it’s all good. No need to panic, even if Trump is advancing his own interests rather than those of the U.S. At no point do the two intersect.
Take heart from the fact that at least he is not trying to govern the country. At least we’re all safer when he’s golfing argues Ana Navarro:
Thank God. America is far safer when President Loco is out of the Oval Office trying to sink little white balls into holes. Let him play ⛳️ https://t.co/Vmy9mTFmbK
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 25, 2017
Of course, if he’s not in the Oval Office destroying the country, he could be planning our destruction on the golf course, which is just another argument for the Mar-a-Lago act advanced by Democrats in both House and Senate.
Sean Spicer tells us “the President will continue to go and travel around the country and have meetings to solve the nation’s problems.” We know that’s not true because Trump isn’t interested in actually solving any problems for anyone but Donald Trump.
We don’t necessarily know who he is meeting with, and that’s something any reasonable person acquainted with Donald Trump’s authoritarian habits would want – and need – to know. We would be wise to heed the words of Norm Ornstein this morning:
“Weakness in Trump is dangerous, as for all authoritarians. Time especially for all of us to be on guard and prepare for pernicious actions.”
Golf, as it turns out when engaged in by Donald Trump, can be a very dangerous spectator sport.
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.