Politicians break campaign promises all the time. Some are big promises, some are small. But few have been broken as completely, as brazenly, and as casually as Donald Trump’s promise not to play golf, or at least not to play a lot of golf, as president.
Candidate Trump told campaign crowds many, many times that a President Trump would be so busy serving the American people that golf would be out of the question.
“I’m going to be working for you,” he told a campaign rally crowd in August 2016. “I’m not going to have time to play golf.”
“I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don’t think I’d ever see Turnberry again,” he said in February 2016, referring to the famous course he owns in Scotland. “I don’t think I’d ever see Doral again,” he added, referring to the famous course he owns in Miami. “I don’t ever think I’d see anything — I just want to stay in the White House and work my ass off, make great deals, right? Who’s gonna leave?”