In an eye-opening special report on MSNBC’s The Beat, Ari Melber laid out how Donald Trump – despite constantly attacking Hillary Clinton’s stamina during the campaign – is the most “low-energy president” the country has ever seen.
According to Melber, who analyzed a portion of the president’s schedule from last year, Trump showed up to work later than 11:00 a.m. more than 80 percent of the time. Only 18 percent of the time did he show up earlier than 11.
“Most Americans work longer hours than this low-energy president,” the MSNBC host said. “So if you’re watching this, and you have a day job, the odds are you work longer hours than the president.”
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Trump is failing his own stamina standard in at least three ways. First, he comes in late and golfs a ton. Second, when he does arrive, he spends a lot of time watching TV instead of working. And third, he’s failed to choose many key appointees. Take a look at Trump’s official schedule here. He hasn’t shown up for a single meeting before 10:45 A.M. all month. And several other days the very first item on Trump’s schedule was at 2:30 P.M. or even 4:00 in the afternoon. This is normal for Trump. It’s not normal for any other president. We compared other periods when Trump’s schedule was available like last October to Obama’s schedule on October 16. Trump didn’t even start his day in the Oval Office until after 11:30 A.M. on average. That’s over an hour after Obama’s average start time, around 10:15. Not a lot of stamina. But another way to put this data simply is Trump only made into it the Oval Office by 11:00 A.M. less than once a week, 18% of the time, while Obama was in by 11:00 A.M. most of the time, 72%. Or you can forget other presidents and compare Trump’s workday to, like everybody else, because while the federal government and Congress and Wall Street and most employed people have been at work for about 2.5 hours, coming in at 9:00, Trump is just getting started. Most Americans work longer hours than this low-energy president. So if you’re watching this, and you have a day job, the odds are you work longer hours than the president.
Trump doesn’t want to be president. He wants to be a pundit.
When Obama was president, Donald Trump frequently attacked him for playing too much golf, but as Melber pointed out, not only did Obama almost always show up for work at a reasonable time, but Trump has played 138 percent more golf in his first two years as president.
And when Trump does show up for work, his schedule is ridiculously light, with sometimes just a single afternoon meeting rounding out his entire day. As the MSNBC host pointed out, Trump hasn’t held a single meeting before 10:45 a.m. this month.
So much for stamina.
All the attacks Trump has lobbed at his political enemies when he was running for president could be appropriately applied to his presidency.
Donald Trump, with his lack of focus and poor work ethic, has shown that he doesn’t really want the responsibilities of his powerful office. He just wants to be a pundit with a fancy title.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.