If youdon’t feel like doing anything on Thursday, Aug. 10, you have a good excuse: It’s National Lazy Day! Congrats, you can be a total couch potato and no one will judge you. Well, unless you’re Donald Trump that is. National Lazy Day prompted tweets about Trump, who’s currently on a 17-day vacation.
To be fair to Trump, all people even presidents deserve a vacation. Research showstaking extended breaks from work makes you happier, healthier, and more productive. But the criticism Trump is getting for taking some time off is understandable for a number of reasons.
Trump made a habit of attackingformer President Barack Obama whenever he went on vacation or went golfing.
Meanwhile, Trump has golfed at a much higher rate in his first year as president than Obama did. Trump has golfed at least 21 times since entering the White House, while Obama golfed just 11 times by this point in his presidency, PolitiFact reports.
According to CNN, Trump is also set to spend more on travel in his first year alone than Obama did in eight years as president.
Given all this, it’s evident some people feel there’s an element of hypocrisy to Trump’s long break (which he claims isn’t a vacation).
On top of this, during the U.S. presidential campaign, Trump also said he would not be a president who took vacations. So, he either changed his mind or he wasn’t being truthful at the time.
Another issue is the fact Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time at his own properties since becoming president and he’s still linked to his business empire, which is arguably a major conflict of interest.
According to NBC News,Trump has spent at least 65 days at one of his properties and at least 50 days at one of his golf properties out of 202 days total. Here’s why that’s an issue: Due to all of the security costs, it’s expensive for the president to travel. For example, every time Trump travels to Mar-a-Lago it reportedlycosts as much as $3.3 million. Meanwhile, due to constant coverage of Trump in the news, everyone gets a view of his properties as he visits. To put it another way, Trump is arguably using tax dollars to fuel advertising for his properties. The president is currently facing several lawsuits because of conflicts of interest like this.
Beyond accusations of hypocrisy and concerns regarding Trump’s ongoing ties to his business empire, he also reportedly watches five hours of TV a day. We also know Trump likes to tweet. A president should arguably spendhis or her time far more constructively.
So, at the end of the day, you can hardly blame people for having a little fun at the president’s expense on National Lazy Day.
Here are some of the best tweets about Trump for National Lazy Day.
Perhaps the holiday should be renamed National Lazy/Trump Day? Just a thought.