The Trump family has repeatedly exaggerated, if not outright lied, about former President Donald Trump's work and legacy in the White House.
Whether he's praising job growth that happened under Obama or making completely absurd claims like "we can say Merry Christmas again," Trump's praise for his own job performance is even more inflated than the value of the assets on his loan applications (allegedly).
Now, Trump's son, Eric, is the latest Trump to make embellishments about his father's job performance, absurdly claiming Trump worked 24 hours a day.
Eric Trump: These people are not present… The difference between them and my father, my father sat there 24 hours a day… pic.twitter.com/w9GVPJ17Gk
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 26, 2022
Eric Trump said:
"These people aren't present. They're not fighting for this country. Y'know, the difference between them and my father, my father sat there for 24 hours a day and fought for the United States' best interests. These people aren't fighting. They've got no energy, they've got no charisma, they have no fight."
Even if Eric was speaking hyperbolically, Trump golfed nearly 300 times over the course of his four years in office at a cost of about $144 million to American taxpayers. He frequently vacationed at his resorts while funneling taxpayer money into his businesses with lavish events.
And then, there are the tweets.
In the last year of his presidency, Trump tweeted or retweeted 200 times in one day—breaking his previous record of 142 tweets, which was established only five months before, that January. The record before that one? One-hundred twenty-three tweets only a month before that, in December of 2019. All in all, Trump tweeted 12,200 times in the year 2020, roughly amounting to 33 tweets per day.
White House correspondent for HuffPost, S.V. Dáte, blasted the claim on his personal Twitter account.
Donald Trump kept the lightest work* schedule of any president going back at least to Reagan, possibly to Eisenhower.
He rarely got to the West Wing before noon.
(*Unless watching TV and tweeting about he just saw is defined as "work.") https://t.co/urg0InwSt8
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) January 26, 2022
There was, however, a good deal of golf. Pricey golf, because he insisted on playing it on courses he owned in Florida and New Jersey, requiring seven-figure trips with Air Force 1 and all the rest of the expensive accoutrements. https://t.co/Ms8baxYmip
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) January 26, 2022
Social media users joined him in the condemnation.
When lies fly - their eggs land everywhere. https://t.co/qaMa6m2jxy
— Pamela Maccabee (@PamMaccabee) January 26, 2022
“Sat” is right. Sat and plotted insurrection, raged hatred, attacked opponents, ate burgers and drank cokes, grifter money, kissed up to foreign dictators…..I could go on and on. https://t.co/cSmw43FqOu
— James Laidlaw (@JamesLaidlaw2) January 26, 2022
Is there really anyone with eyes, ears and a brain who thinks Trump spent more than a few minutes every day "working"?
Unless you call campaigning and planning a coup over four years, "working". It was always ALL about Trump, NEVER America. https://t.co/yGn1ByEusS
— Keke (@NoLiarInChief) January 26, 2022
He wasn't the only one to call out the claim.
Sat where? On the golf cart? Or preening in front of the TV? https://t.co/yK65Eug46Q
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 26, 2022
Editing this for clarity:
“My father sat there, on the golf course, 24 hours a day.”
Donald Trump has spent *decades* putting in one and two-hour workdays… https://t.co/do75AwFjTN
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) January 26, 2022
TFG played golf all the time and watched tv and tweeted, FFS man get real pic.twitter.com/ZqE3FtOqkH
— william nomates (@concordresident) January 26, 2022
Fortunately for Eric, he made the claim on Fox News, where it was certain to go unchallenged.