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Trump’s ‘Emergency’ Golf Carts?

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Did you see the new jobless numbers today? Last week, 6.6 million people filed for unemployment. On top of the 3.3 million from the prior week, there are 10 million officially unemployed people in America. All of this happened in a single month! This is unprecedented.

But you know who is going to have a job, at least through this weekend? Golf cart drivers of northern Virginia, in the town that’s home to one of President Trump’s golf resorts:

The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling, home to one of President Trump’s golf clubs, according to federal contracting data.

The contract was signed Monday and took effect Wednesday, records show. The Secret Service paid a West Virginia-registered company, Capitol Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles, to rent 30 carts until the end of September.

The new contract, which the Secret Service described as an “emergency order,” does not mention Trump or the golf club by name. But it closely mirrors past contracts signed by the Secret Service, for agents accompanying Trump to his golf clubs in New Jersey and Florida.

The White House declined to comment Wednesday. Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, did not respond to questions.

This must be fake news. Surely the president would not compel the Secret Service to spend $45,000 on renting golf carts to protect him so he can play golf while millions of Americans are suddenly jobless and confined to their houses, left to contemplate their economic ruin. Surely not. Not this president. Because doing that would fulfill every Marxist stereotype of the rich, and a populist right-wing president wouldn’t behave that way — certainly not in an election year.

Right?

UPDATE: Many readers have made the point that this contract is for rental between now and the end of September. That sum, $45,000, is not so bad when stretched out over six months. I still have a bee in my bonnet about this president playing golf during this unprecedented crisis (I would feel the same way about any president doing that), and I have hated the way Trump’s properties have made a lot of money off his personal travels. But I agree that my reaction to this was emotional, and not driven by a careful analysis of the figure. I apologize.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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