At his Town Hall in Bedford, Iowa today, Senator Chuck Grassley was confronted by a concerned constituent who asked when Trump was going to “quit campaigning and golfing.” The Iowa Republican, for his part, deflected the blame from Trump and pinned it on, who else, but former President Barack Obama.
CITIZEN: How about the Senate putting pressure on Trump to quit campaigning and golfing and getting down to business?
SEN. GRASSLEY: On campaigning, I think that you’re right. I think if you compare the golfing with what Obama had, you’d find he hasn’t golfed that much. Because except for Eisenhower, Obama’s golfed more than any other president.
Rather than seriously consider his voters’ concern – one which drew considerable applause from the crowd – Grassley simply deflects on Trump’s blatant unwillingness to govern by invoking a blatant lie about Obama.
Grassley claimed, “I think if you compare the golfing with what Obama had, you’d find he hasn’t golfed that much.” At this point in Obama’s presidency, he had golfed 11 times. Trump, by contrast, has hit the links at least 23 times. If Trump were to keep up this rate of golfing, he would more than double the amount of golf that Obama played.
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
The fact that Grassley has devolved into a Trump apologist is exactly why the President has no urgency to limit his egregious and wasteful vacationing. The Iowa Senator has just proven that, to him, party is more important than country, and that the Republican definition of “accountability” is to simply pivot back to Obama.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.