While major news networks such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC called Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump was golfing in Sterling, Virginia. Video of Trump on his golf course was shared on Twitter by ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Karl captioned the video, “Watch this drive … As @JoeBiden clinches the presidency, @realDonaldTrump is playing golf.”
Pictures of Trump heading to his golf course were published by The Guardian a few hours before the official announcement regarding the new president-elect was made on November 7. Trump appeared “wearing a white MAGA cap, windbreaker, dark slacks, non-dress shirt” and “shoes that look appropriate for golfing.”
Mother Jones senior reporter Tim Murphy mused, “Where were you when you found out the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden? I was at home, blogging. My neighbors appear to have been ‘at the store, shopping for airhorns.’ We know where President Trump was: at the golf course. According to the Associated Press, Trump left for his golf course in Virginia earlier this morning and hasn’t yet come back.”
Trump has made it clear that he will not be making a concession speech any time soon. On November 6, his campaign issued a statement from its general counsel, Matt Morgan, saying, “This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
Trump Played at His Virginia Golf Course While Coronavirus Cases Spiked Across the Nation
Trump also visited his Virginia golf course back in July, as coronavirus number continued to surge in America. There he was greeted by a protester dressed up as the Grim Reaper, holding a sign that read “137K,” a photo that quickly went viral on Twitter.
The “137K” sign referred to the number of deaths in the United States due to coronavirus at that time. As of November 7, that number has climbed to more than 237,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
Trump Defended His Decision to Play Golf Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic Because It’s ‘My Excercise’
Trump responded to the backlash he received in July in some media for playing golf while the coronavirus pandemic worsened in America. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich tweeted, “Another horrifying fact of the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic: In the past two months, Trump has played golf more times than he has met with Dr. Fauci.”
Trump tweeted, “I know many in business and politics that work out endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but nobody complains. My ‘exercise’ is playing, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played more and much longer…rounds, no problem.”
“When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park themselves anywhere they can to get a picture, then scream ‘President Trump is playing golf,’” he tweeted. “Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a ‘tiny’ bit of exercise. Not bad!”