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Does Trump Play Too Much Golf?

The only relatable thing about Donald Trump is his love of cable TV, posting angrily, being incredibly worried about people not liking him, and enjoying a good vacation. Trump supporters got mocked during the campaign for calling Trump a 'blue-collar billionaire', but in many ways, he is.

He watches Fox News for hours and hours every single day, and talks on the phone with his pal Alex Jones, the arch-master of all conspiracy theorists, who rose to fame after videotaping secret footage of an occult owl burning ritual at Bohemian Grove in 2000 (which, to be fair to Jones, was pretty weird).

Since then, Trump has been the collective senile grandfather of the nation. At the least, it's clear that he's a man who enjoys leisure time, given that he has spent 21 days as of August 1st (more since then) as President playing golf. That's double the days that Obama had spent golfing at that point in his Presidency.

And, as the Obama presidency went on, Trump became more and more frustrated with presidential inaction.

There's two problems here. One, the false notion that vacation and restoration is an abdication of responsibility, and two, the idea that Jimmy Carter has been a do-nothing figure in American politics.

Jimmy Carter, at the age of 92, is still outside helping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. That's more than either Trump or Obama have done as civilians. Post-Presidency Trump is sure to devolve into a puddle of biomass inside a bathrobe.

Now, it's not so much that Trump golfs that makes him a hypocrite. It's that he criticized President Obama for being lazy, or that he criticizes anybody for being lazy, while he is incredibly lazy and entitled himself.

In his first 100 days, it cost taxpayers $30 million simply to house and protect the President's family, spread between Trump Tower in New York City, the White House, and additional millions to fly around on Air Force One every weekend to Mar-a-Lago like a homesick teenager visiting his hometown every weekend from college.

Trump also uses cost as a reason to reject transgender people from the military, while carelessly spending millions on the aid and comfort of his rich family. If anyone other than Hillary Clinton had ran against him, this totally absurd and hyper-wealthy lifestyle would alienate him from voters.

Trump's characterization as a 'populist' is a victory of style over substance. Yes, he acts like a relatable American grandpa, but he also thinks like an American grandpa, and only in the twisted world of American politics could a party opposed to a $15 minimum wage, opposed to universal healthcare, and in favor of arming Saudi Arabia in a shadow war against Yemen possibly be considered a populist.

Trump does golf more than Obama. But this is more than a simple partisan attack - it's an extension of Trump's role in American society, as a rich man who was born rich, living a leisurely life, somehow becoming an icon of everyday 'blue collar' people.

It's clear that Trump was a desperation pick in Michigan and Pennsylvania, in counties where Obama had previously won in 2012, and outside of the electoral college, Trump carried the standard Republican base to victory - a base that is at least 3 million votes smaller than the Democrats'.

Trump is a cable-news loving, golf-playing billionaire. There is nothing special about that, save for his ability to market himself, and his talent at making his younger self look less-and-less equipped for the Presidency every day.