Day 1,298: Three more days — despite it being only a two-day weekend — for Trump grifting at private golf club
With his reelection prospects shrinking, and the theoretical days left in his presidency tethered directly to those prospects, Donald Trump seems intent on cashing in as much as he can.
Seeing the continued destruction of COVID-19, Congress is trying to negotiate a new economic relief package in the wake of the previous one expiring. More than 160,000 Americans have died from the disease. Trump is nowhere near the negotiations.
He spent most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, giving speeches before the club’s members while they clinked wine glasses and signing confounding (and likely unconstitutional) executive orders before the same crew of polo shirts.
It didn’t take Trump long to realize that every time he visits one of his private clubs, he makes oodles of cash. And that’s in a quantifiable way. Between the exposure and the ability for him to charge increased initiation costs and annual fees, Trump has made a business out vacationing.
With potential days to grift dwindling, Trump is now spending even non-weekend and non-holiday days entirely at his private golf club, carrying classified documents in one hand and eggs from the omelette station in the other before hitting the links for yet another round of golf.
Trump has now spent nearly 30% of his days in office at one his properties.
1,298 days in, 164 to go