George Takei sums up Trump’s golfing weekends with one flawless tweet

Iconic Star Trek actor and social media maven George Takei completely obliterated President Trump in one viral tweet this weekend.

On St. Patrick’s day, when it was announced that Trump would be taking another taxpayer-funded trip to Mar-a-Lago — his own private golf resort in Florida — for the 10th time since his inauguration, Takei roasted Trump for his hypocrisy, given the plethora of tweets he sent during the Obama administration about his predecessor’s much-less-frequent golfing trips:

Takei is right — back when Trump was just your average orange-toned billionaire real estate mogul with a reality TV show and not the President of the United States, there were no shortage of tweets from Trump criticizing former President Barack Obama for occasionally getting away from the White House to play golf.

When comparing the two presidents’ golf trips side-by-side, Trump is well on his way to outdo Obama in terms of how much taxpayer money is being spent on vacations. As McClatchy reported in December, President Obama cost taxpayers approximately $85 million on vacations during his eight years in office, averaging to a little over $10 million per year.

According to TIME, each one of Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers an estimated $3 million apiece. This means President Trump has already cost taxpayers more than $30 million on his vacations in just the first two months of his administration.

TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier did the math, and calculated that at his current pace, President Trump will take 260 Mar-a-Lago vacations between now and 2020. Assuming a $3 million cost for each visit, Trump will cost U.S. taxpayers $780 million on vacations over the next four years — nearly ten times as much as Obama. That would also amount to four times as many vacations as George W. Bush took while he was in office, according to Politifact.

 

Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.