Just about everything Trump has said is outrageous to some degree, and although the attention is primarily paid to his racist and bigoted statements, Trump has said some equally insane things that have just been overshadowed.
For instance, he made his most recent insane statement during a campaign rally when he claimed electing Bernie Sanders would somehow end the game of golf.
Trump made this outrageous claim while speaking at a campaign rally in Hilton Head, North Carolina. He told his audience they needed to be “progressive” in their thinking — by which he means “smart,” since saying “smart” is just too obvious. Not “progressive” like those mean old progressives who want to treat black people and women like human beings:
We have to be progressive in our thinking. When I say progressive I mean like smart. I’m not talking progressive like a Bernie Sanders would say.
This guy wants to tax you — think of it — this guy wants to raise your taxes to 90 percent. No, no, think. You’ll have to move out — I love this area by the way, I’ve been here many times. Great golfing area, right? We love it. No more golf — no more golf. You won’t have any golf any more. You won’t have any money left to be golfing.
I love the non-sequitur into golfing; it comes out of the blue – or perhaps, out of the green. It’s telling that Trump would reach for this sport first instead of a hollowed American institution beyond any reproach gifted to us by Jesus himself like, say, college concussion ball.
It’s also funny he would reach for the sport the right-wing slammed Obama so viciously for playing once upon a time, but we’ll just ignore that for now.
Golf is stereotyped as a sport for the rich, often times for a reason — top-of-the-line irons can run roughly $1,200, and that’s without the other clubs, like the driver, or the balls. I know people working three part-time jobs who make about as much money a month. And while it’s possible to play cheaper, a full set of clubs can run anywhere from $200 to $400. For many people, $400 isn’t even enough to make rent for the month.
Most people don’t have the money to golf now. It’s a game for the well-off.
It’s not the first time Trump has claimed this, either. He accused Sanders of wanting to raise taxes to 90% last October and PolitiFact rated it then as “Pants on Fire.” According to the website, “Sanders has never explicitly proposed a 90 percent tax rate for billionaires, let alone applying that rate across the board.”
Let’s do a little math, and pretend Sanders does want a tax rate of 90% on billionaires. Let’s say, for sake of simplicity, you make one billion dollars a year, thereby making you a billionaire. That’s $1,000,000,000, or one thousand million. At a tax rate of 90%, Uncle Sam gets nine-hundred million, and you keep one hundred million dollars. I can’t even imagine $100,000,000.
I do know one thing, though: that’s more than enough to afford a set of golf clubs. Hell, that’s probably enough to afford the golf course.
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