CORRECTION: This post has been corrected. Vox has updated their previous post with the following: “In an earlier version of this article, the interviewee mischaracterized the age of Ted Virtue’s son who played golf with Trump. All of Virtue’s sons are at least in their 20s, not child-age. We sincerely regret the error.”
A new book called “Commander in Cheat” by Rick Reilly profiles Donald Trump through his relationship with golf and one gobsmacking anecdote has the twittering classes twittering.
According to an interview Reilly did with Vox, Trump once cheated at golf in order to beat a kid and his father in a meaningless game, going so far as to steal the kid’s ball.
The details are almost too much.
In brief, according to Reilly, Trump once came upon Ted Virtue, a producer of the movie Green Book and his young son golfing at the Trump International golf course near Mar-a-Lago. Trump had been traveling on presidential business during a club championship that Virtue had won and essentially demanded that the man (and his son) play against him for the title saying “you didn’t really win it because I was out of town.”
Trump and the father and son then proceed to play a few holes when Trump knocks his ball into a pond. That’s when things reportedly devolved into cartoon thuggery.
They get to a hole with a big pond on it. Both Ted and his son hit the ball on the green, and Trump hits his in the water. By the time they get to the hole, Trump is lining up the kid’s ball. Only now it’s his ball and the caddie has switched it. The kid’s like, “Daddy, that’s my ball.”
But Trump’s caddie goes, “No, this is the president’s ball; your ball went in the water.” Ted and his son look at each other confused, not sure if this is really happening. And Trump’s caddie says, “This is the president’s ball. I don’t know what to tell you.”
Trump makes that putt, wins one up, and declares himself the club champion.
The reported act was just so unbelievably petty, even for Trump, that people were shocked.
Cheats at golf with a kid, #BillionDollarLoser— Mona taylor (@Monatay66564359) May 10, 2019
This would be hilarious if he wasn't the most powerful person in the world.— Dan Gordon (@GordonDylemma) May 10, 2019
A friend once told me " You can tell everything to know about a persons character by golfing with them." That statement is true 100% of the time.— Dan Vukovich (@danvuk) May 10, 2019
This would have been pathetic behavior even if it had been the actual 10 year old in the story doing it.— Jeff Mac (@JeffMacIsHere) May 10, 2019
Others were reduced to memes.
YOUR BALL WENT IN THE WATER, I'M THE CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/h8q3Reixc5— Who Is This (@MarkSoupial) May 10, 2019
He would literally take candy from a baby. That is our President. <sigh> pic.twitter.com/R9is5Yw2q6— Anat Maytal (@AnatMaytal) May 10, 2019
Winter rules pic.twitter.com/XT7y6HZJQ4— Chris D'Angelo (@c_m_dangelo) May 10, 2019
This is literally the golf scene from Goldfinger. pic.twitter.com/9Gd9Jf1jaL— Andrew Coogan (@Cooganlab) May 10, 2019
Video of Trump's caddy. pic.twitter.com/yCh7Csjwf9— Peter Greiner (@PeterAGreiner) May 10, 2019
"I win" pic.twitter.com/jwFS3c8CTl— Stormin’ (@StorminDMV) May 10, 2019
Of course some people weren’t surprised at all. For Trump it was par for the course.
This is who he is. Don’t be dumbfounded; he does this every day in one way or another. He is the center of his universe…and yours.— Karoli (@Karoli) May 10, 2019
The smallest and most insecure human on earth. I would say unbelievable, but it’s no less than I expect at this point.— Seth Wruk (@byorski) May 10, 2019
Trump is a great argument for selecting who should be president randomly. You'd have to be incredibly unlucky to get someone worse (if it's even possible).— Rouged Individualism (@DougMcCrae) May 10, 2019
If this is a true story, what a sad, little man he truly is. I believe every word of it.— numbtothenoise (@miclyn40) May 10, 2019
I’m not surprised. At. All.— Cindi (@Cgw459Cindi) May 10, 2019