Do you have a sneaking suspicion that the real reason that Donald Trump has been pressing so hard for America to reopen in the midst of a still spreading COVID-19 pandemic is that he misses spending every weekend pouring your tax dollars into his own coffers while playing golf at one of his own resorts with all the revenue that Secret Service accommodations and golf cart rentals garner?
If so your suspicions were confirmed this morning when Bloomberg News reported that:
“Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Virginia around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. He was spotted earlier wearing a white polo shirt and signature white ‘Make America Great Again’ cap. The White House doesn’t always confirm Trump’s activities while at his golf courses.”
Trump’s eagerness to get back on the links was presaged last weekend when he called into NBC’s live coverage of the PGA tournament last Sunday.
“We want to get sports back. We miss sports,” Trump told the NBC sportscasters. “We need sports in terms of the psyche, the psyche of our country.”
“We want to be back to normal where you have the big crowds where they’re practically standing on top of each other, not where they’re worried,” Trump continued, displaying his magical thinking and scientific denialism of the seriousness and contagion of the COVID-19 virus.
Instead of working around the clock to do anything at all to prevent the worsening of a pandemic that is rapidly approaching a death toll of 100,000 Americans, Trump is emulating Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burns with a dash of Marie Antionette’s “let them eat cake” thrown in for good measure as the Republican Senate recessed without even considering the latest stimulus and relief bill that could help bail out faltering state budgets depleted by record-shattering unemployment claims.
Playboy’s White House correspondent Brian Karem found the comparison to Marie Antionette appropriate enough to include it in his tweet satirically reprimanding the president’s skewed priorities.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) May 23, 2020
Other Twitter commentators were equally critical of Trump’s tone-deaf decision to ignore the suffering of the American people while he enjoyed being chauffeured between strokes at his exclusive golf club.
Saw it with eyes closed
— MamaBear (@momisalright) May 23, 2020
On the other hand, this may be the best way he can help the country at this moment
— Adam Cohen Lawyers for Good Government #DemCast (@axidentaliberal) May 23, 2020
Swish! Put. Swish! Put. Swish! Put.
Hear that sound? It’s the sound of the American empire imploding, courtesy of Donald Trump, making America great again by regressing to the days of pervasive pestilence and dismal death rates.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.