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 (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2013
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 (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2014
President @BarackObama‘s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars—-Unbelievable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2012
The Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers over $476K http://t.co/W6kIpd5x They love to spend money.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2012
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 (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2011
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.
I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2011
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 (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2012
The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion +++ while there is 20% unemployment.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2011
Trump even capitalized on the lie of President Obama’s excessive golf outings and vacations while he campaigned for President himself.