When one is facing 91 felony charges, it’s probably not the best time to prioritize a pleasure trip to another country to play golf.
Donald Trump has missed the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in Scotland, at his Trump International Golf Links location, and he blames “crazed radical left lunatics, communists, Marxists, and fascists.”
The tournament ran from August 23rd through the 27th, and he took the 24th as his day to surrender for booking at the Fulton County jail in Georgia.
Trump could have turned himself in at any point in a nearly two-week period, so if he hadn’t held out until the last day before the deadline, he might have been free to make the trip to golf in Scotland, though it’s not clear whether he’s received any private advice otherwise from his attorneys, or whether he feared that travel limitations might be part of his bond agreement in Georgia.
At this time, there are no publicly revealed strictures on his travel, though his legal team may be concerned that foreign travel would raise more questions about his status as a flight risk.
Regardless of the exact reasons, Trump claimed that his decision rose from concerns about watching “this country-destroying scum” from a perch in Europe and that there is “magic” being worked on Republican leadership to prevent them from “fight[ing] fire with fire” — apparently a reference to the right-wing push for Congress to find something, anything, with which to charge and/or impeach President Joe Biden and other Democrats.
He said (lightly edited for readability):
“I have the Staysure Senior PGA Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland, on my great course, and I can’t go. I have to stay around and fight off the crazed radical left lunatics, communists, Marxists, and fascists. I wouldn’t want to be in Europe and watch this country-destroying scum work their disgusting and illegal “magic” on unsuspecting Republican “leaders” who just don’t think it is appropriate to fight fire with fire.”
There’s no question Trump’s political and legal calendar is packed for the next year or so — aside from holding rallies and skipping debates, he’s also got a long list of hearings and deadlines scheduled in four different criminal cases.
He also has matters in civil cases, including his lawsuit against his former attorney Michael Cohen (there’s a deposition scheduled on Tuesday in that one) and the defamation suit he’s fighting from E. Jean Carroll after a jury determined that he sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room.
Apparently, actions have consequences, even for people wealthy enough to expect that they won’t have to face any.Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.