President Donald Trump plans to travel to his Palm Beach, Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, over the course of 16 days between December 21 and January 6 according to FAA flight alerts. The private members-only club charges a $200,000 membership fee plus $14,000 annually for a chance to hobnob with the President and perhaps gain an ambassadorship or other presidential favor.
The Trump Organization owns and profits from the club.
But as news of Trump's latest vacation away from Washington at one of his own businesses spread, people cried foul. Why?
On Reddit, the subReddit "Trump Criticizes Trump: A Portrait of Presidential Hypocrisy" exists just to call out the President's hypocritical tweets, and on the subject of vacations, there are many to flag.
Particularly when it comes to his criticism of President Obama. For example:
Pres. Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1387483670.0
And one where Trump called out the expense of Obama's travel and how those funds could be used for the border.
If Obama is concerned about the border, he should stop vacationing. Gov't will save millions which it can use to stop illegal migration.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1405606432.0
President @BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars----Unbelievable!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1325793382.0
The Obama's Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K http://t.co/W6kIpd5x They love to spend money.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1335554906.0
Throughout President Barack Obama's two terms in office, Trump seemed to criticize any time Obama spent away from the office.
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1413245031.0
@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1313429807.0
The criticism of Obama always being on vacation or playing golf—despite the fact he took fewer days away from the office than his predecessor President George W. Bush—became a popular meme and battle cry for conservatives as well as White supremacists looking for any excuse to criticize the United States first President of color.
Michelle Obama's weekend ski trip to Aspen makes it 16 times that Obamas have gone on vacation in 3 years. (cont) http://t.co/2SXcBxrJ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1329850635.0
The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion +++ while there is 20% unemployment.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1325012935.0
Trump even capitalized on the lie of President Obama's excessive golf outings and vacations while he campaigned for President himself.
Trump promised he would play no golf nor take any vacations once elected because he would be "too busy" working and winning. According to The Washington Post, by August 2017 Trump was already on track to spend three times as many days as Obama on the golf course or vacationing at one of his own resorts—where the expenses are charged to taxpayers and profit the Trump Organization.
Yet that unfulfilled promise failed to draw conservative ire despite far exceeding anything President Obama did. However those not part of the "MAGA" crowd or who disembarked the "Trump train" will not let President Trump forget either his promise or his criticism of President Obama.
@dewayne_freddy Yeah but not every politician claimed Obama played too much golf and claimed he would be to busy to… https://t.co/fRFdp34YYo— G Porter (@G Porter)1544521217.0
@psychdr100 @Top_Sergeant Trump said he’d be too busy to go on vacation. https://t.co/riEYnJh9Ke— Ellen Attridge (@Ellen Attridge)1544793185.0
And they let President Trump know often about his perceived hypocrisy.
@realDonaldTrump Quit crying about the Democrats, you pathetic carrot-colored snowflake. Everybody knows that you'r… https://t.co/JvPE9whmmU— 01000010011010010110111001100001011100100111100101 (@01000010011010010110111001100001011100100111100101)1544797706.0
@realDonaldTrump Meh, less than what you've cost us for all your golf trips ("I'll be too busy to play golf."). BTW… https://t.co/Ch4vvJi0fw— Greg Prescott (@Greg Prescott)1544277901.0
The exact dates Trump will be at his Palm Beach club have not been officially announced by the White House.