America’s economic crisis worsened on Friday as enhanced unemployment insurance expired, as did the nationwide moratorium on evictions.
The bleak outlook was reflected in new numbers showing the Gross Domestic Product falling by 32.9% in the second quarter — the worst numbers ever recorded.
Meanwhile, over 155,000 Americans have died from coronavirus and parents are worried whether schools will be able to safely open for in-person classes — or whether their local school district will join many big-city schools and only offer virtual learning.
And Hurricane Isaias is bearing down on Florida and the east coast.
Against that backdrop, President Donald Trump went golfing on Saturday.
GOLF UPDATE — 1 AUG 2020:
Trump is back at his golf course in Virgina.
He has now spent 264 days on a golf course he owns in his 1,290 days in office.
It is his 89th day on the course at Sterling.
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) August 1, 2020
NBC News shot video at “extreme distance” documenting Trump’s bizarre practice of making his caddie ride on the back of his golf cart.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 1, 2020
The group Meidas Touch released a video blasting Trump for golfing during the crises.
Over 156,000 dead. The worst GDP drop in history. And Trump is golfing. Again. #TrumpGolfsYouDie
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 1, 2020
Here’s what others were saying about Trump’s prioritization of how he spends his time:
Per pool reporter @alaynatreene, the message "Trump killed Herman Cain" was written in chalk outside the entrance of the President's Northern Virginia golf club today
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 1, 2020
As millions face their first weekend without extended unemployment benefits, Republican senators are at home and Trump is playing golf.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 1, 2020
6 protesters on either side of the street meet #Impotus motorcade this a.m. shouting “Traitor”, “F**king liar”, “Killer!” “Dump Trump”, as lawn signs saying: Person. Man. Woman. Camera. TV. lined the left, right, and median.@dailykos @YoramBlue @ActivistKathy pic.twitter.com/1KePljcDXW
— Jay Cuasay (@tribeplatypus) August 1, 2020
I’d rather Trump play golf than play president.
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) August 1, 2020
The signs person, woman, man, camera and tv are outside of Trump’s golf course https://t.co/dA0jncYVTN
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 1, 2020
"I won't have time to golf. I just want to work my ass off" – Donald Trump, Feb. 2016.
Today marks his 372nd day golfing at one of his own properties, in the 1,289 days he's been president.
Total cost? Approx. $154.5 million, or 386 years of presidential salary.
— Mike Pence – Professional Mannequin (@vespertilioAJR) August 1, 2020
250 Americans died of Covid while he played, thousands waited in lines for food and testing, and millions looked at their unpaid bills due today, but hey, I bet Donnie had a nice afternoon.
— John Miller (@jjmblog) August 1, 2020
Morning Joe busts Trump for trying to scam the public with a fake tax cut proposal
Taking up the executive orders signed by Donald Trump on Saturday, MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out a big loophole in the president's proposal for a tax cut, saying he is hiding the fact that voters will be on the hook for deferred taxes after the election.
After first pointing out the president's contempt for Americans struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the economy.
"It was a huge, gigantic nothingburger when you look through the policies at the end," Scarborough began. "In fact, some of the policies he put forth are going to hurt people, hurt small business owners the most. Again I go back to the payroll tax cuts -- economists, Republicans, Democrats, everybody is opposing this.
Lawmakers demand removal of Postmaster General DeJoy over ‘nefarious’ efforts to ‘aid Trump re-election’
"He is working to dismantle a fundamental institution of our democracy. He needs to resign or be removed, now."
On the heels of a "Friday Night Massacre" at the U.S. Postal Service that deeply alarmed lawmakers, activists, and ordinary citizens nationwide, two House Democrats are demanding the immediate removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his sweeping operational changes to the beloved government service that have slowed the delivery of essential packages and jeopardized mail-in voting.
Trump isn’t a king — he may be worse
With each passing day, it seems, the Trump administration seems intent on replaying the lead-up to the English Revolution.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Like King James I of England (aka James VI of Scotland), Trump believes that he, to quote James' tract of 1598, "The True Law of Free Monarchies," "is above the law," accountable only to God. He asserted in a July, 2019 speech that Article II of the Constitution means "I have to the right to do whatever I want as president." Like James' son, Charles I, who ruled England for 11 years without a parliament, Trump is increasingly governing through executive orders rather than making laws with the House and Senate.