On Monday, President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to professional golfer Tiger Woods.
It is a bizarre choice, as Woods is young for a Medal of Freedom recipient and has been plagued by sex and substance abuse scandals, but it is completely on-brand for Trump, given that the two of them are longtime friends with business ties to each other.
After Trump presented Woods with the award, social media pounced, criticizing the decision, as well as Woods for accepting it:
Donald Trump giving Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom is so absurd it actually makes perfect sense
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) May 6, 2019
Tiger Woods got the Medal of Freedom for the same reason Mrs. Adelson did: obsequious love of Trump.
Not taking from Tiger’s golfing prowess, but sports prowess is NOT a basis for that honor, unless you use your platform to improve democracy & freedom like… say Kaepernick.
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) May 6, 2019
I can see where this is going. Trump decides to reward his business partners with Medals of Freedom and he starts with Tiger Woods. So, who's next I wonder? pic.twitter.com/vvLZ7uZ1Mb
— Wannapik (@Wannapik) May 6, 2019