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With millions of Americans fed up with lockdowns orders and being told to stay at home, and more and more states easing up restrictions in a quest to reopen and get back to some semblance of normal, President Trump took to the links.
After all, it’s Memorial Day weekend.
The president was seen departing the White House Saturday morning, traveling to nearby Trump National Golf Club, located at Lowes Island in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Pres motorcade departs WH this morning at 9:52AM and arrived 35 mins later at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA. By my count, its Pres Trump’s 185th golf outing spanning all or part of 247 days. pic.twitter.com/oIxpoTOR7i
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 23, 2020
According to reports, this was the first time Trump has played golf in 75 days, but that didn’t prevent his critics from trying to turn a few moments of recreation into a crime.
The president has spent much of that time locked down at the White House, battling the coronavirus pandemic and keeping the American people up to date on the crisis at hand — rational minds would be hard-pressed to disagree that he hasn’t been working hard in that fight.
As a pool reporter noted, this was Trump’s first round of golf since early March — on March 13, the president declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Saturday golf outing for Pres. Trump. His first round at one of his courses since March 8th. Here you can catch a glimpse as the president, in his golf attire, heads for his waiting motorcade to leave the White House. (TV pool video) pic.twitter.com/FZgiLwpj2I
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) May 23, 2020
The president was not scurrying about, as if trying to hide the fact that he was playing a round of golf. As seen in the video below, Trump waved to reporters at one point:
As is often the case, there appears to be a method to the president’s alleged madness. Not that the media is eager to shed any light here.
On Friday, while speaking at a White House news conference, Dr. Deborah Birx, the administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, urged Americans to get out and enjoy the holiday weekend by doing things such as … playing golf.
“Please, as you go out this weekend, understand that you can be outside and you can play golf, and you can play tennis with marked balls,” Dr. Birx said. “You can go to the beaches if you stay six feet apart. But remember that’s your space, and that’s the space you need to protect to ensure you are social distancing for others.”
On that note, it’s not a stretch to argue that the president’s decision to play golf serves as an example to the country that it’s okay to get out and recreate for Memorial Day.
Of course, leave it to CNN to report that while Trump navigated the course in a golf cart alone, he and his three golfing partners were — egad — not wearing masks.
Outdoors. On a wide-open golf course. As they maintained distance.
CNN photojournalist @abdallahcnn got a shot of President Trump golfing today. He says the president is moving around the course in a golf cart alone but is golfing with three partners. None of the men are wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/WXYS6zDPNd
— Jason Hoffman (@JasonHoffman93) May 23, 2020
Oddly, after eight years of showing little interest in presidential golf outings and even defending President Barack Obama’s frequent golf trips as much needed recreation to help refresh and restore the mentality of a hard-working commander in chief, media outlets have suddenly soured on that notion.
Meanwhile, Democrats continue to exploit the national crisis for political gain, as seen in an ad rushed out by Joe Biden’s campaign.
The 2020 presumptive Democratic presidential nominee used COVID-19 deaths as a backdrop in the ad that attacked President Trump’s decision to play golf on Memorial Day Weekend.
As might be expected, the ad misleads viewers by giving the impression that Trump has been golfing throughout the pandemic.
“Nearly 100,000 lives have been lost, and tens of millions are out of work. Meanwhile, the president spent his day golfing,” the Biden campaign tweeted.
“The death toll is still rising,” the ominous ad states. “The president is playing golf.’
Nearly 100,000 lives have been lost, and tens of millions are out of work.
Meanwhile, the president spent his day golfing. pic.twitter.com/H1BVNtgVjA
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 24, 2020
Americans are well aware of how many deaths there have been, after all, networks display running counts onscreen 24-7.
At the same time, these same Americans understand that after two-plus months of a crippling lockdown, it’s time to get back to their lives — which may or may not include an occasional round of golf.
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