President Trump was busy on Twitter retweeting his favorite commentators who falsely suggested there’s still a chance he can overturn the results of the election while venting his frustration at the media, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, kneeling NFL players, and Fox News.
Earlier on Thursday, video footage surfaced showing Trump getting frustrated while playing golf at his Virginia country club.
‘I hate this f*****g hole,’ the president said after he struggled with a tee shot on his course on Thursday. Video footage was obtained by TMZ.
After playing golf, the president returned to the White House and took to Twitter, where he praised a Pennsylvania judge who placed a hold on the certification process for down-ballot races in the Keystone State.
‘A brilliant woman of courage!’ the president tweeted on Thursday. He was reacting to a tweet posted by David J. Harris Jr, a conservative commentator who linked to a news story on his web site about the case.
President Trump spent his Thanksgiving holiday playing golf and then tweeting about the election. He is seen above at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia, on Thursday
The president agreed with a tweet by conservative commentator David J Harris Jr, who said that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was ‘in panic mode!’
The president took to Twitter to praise a Pennsylvania judge as a ‘brilliant woman of courage’ for delaying the certification of down-ballot races in the Keyston State – though it appears he is under the mistaken impression that it will affect the outcome of the election that he lost to Joe Biden
Harris’ headline read: ‘Judge Blocks Certification of Pennsylvania Election Results.’
But the headline and the article incorrectly suggest that the decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia A. McCullough will have any impact on the presidential race.
The state has already certified the results of the presidential election, with Democrat Joe Biden winning its 20 electoral college votes.
Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, sent a ‘certificate of ascertainment’ to the national archivist in Washington with the slate of electors who support President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden backers, will meet in the state Capitol on December 14.
McCullough’s ruling on Wednesday temporarily blocks the portion of the election that had yet to be certified – namely the state legislature results. A majority of the legislature is controlled by Republicans.
The president on Thursday also retweeted a post from Harris which links to an article about the ‘voter fraud hearing’ led by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis.
Trump also retweeted another post by Harris, this one claiming that ‘AOC is in panic mode!’
The post was linked to a news story about a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, who are suing Georgia because of an ‘unlawful election.’
Biden won Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes, defeating Trump by slightly more than 12,000 votes.
Trump on Thursday also retweeted a post from Harris whose web site includes a news story about a lawsuit filed in Georgia by two pro-Trump attorneys – Sidney Powell and Lin Wood
The president also retweeted a post by Harris linking to a news story about the ‘voter fraud hearing’ in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, led by Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis
The link to the news story on Harris’ site alleges that AOC is ‘in trouble,’ though the basis for that claim is unclear.
Trump also reacted negatively to a news story about the two quarterbacks of the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions, the NFL teams who faced off against each other in the Thanksgiving game on Thursday.
The Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Lions’ Matthew Stafford were seen kneeling on their respective sidelines during the national anthem just before kickoff at Ford Field in Detroit. The Texans won the game 41-25.
Trump has been a vocal critic of professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. He demanded that NFL owners fire players who do so after the Colin Kaepernick controversy.
Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, ignited a fierce, nationwide debate in 2015 and 2016 by kneeling on the sidelines during the Star Spangled Banner.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump kicked off his Thanksgiving with a round of golf at his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia and a lot of whining on Twitter, insisting there was no way Biden won the ‘rigged’ election and slamming Fox News.
Trump left the White House Thursday morning for 18 holes at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia.
But before and after his game, his focus was on the presidential election – which he still insists he won – instead of the holiday.
‘Just saw the vote tabulations. There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION,’ Trump complained about his Democratic rival.
Twitter flagged the tweet, noting on it: ‘This claim about election fraud is disputed.’
The president has refused to concede the election even as his legal cases challenging the results in battleground states have gone nowhere, his campaign has turned up no evidence of major voter fraud, and states have begun to certify Biden’s victory.
Trump also reacted negatively to a news story about the Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Lions’ Matthew Stafford who were seen kneeling on their respective sidelines during the national anthem just before kickoff at Ford Field in Detroit. The Texans won the game 41-25
The current tally of the popular votes stand at: 80,045,066 (51%) for Biden and 73,897,658 (47%) for Trump. Additionally, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
The 2020 contest saw a record number of votes. Biden was the first candidate to earn over 80 million.
Trump also got in a dig at Fox News. The news organization infuriated him by being the first on election night to call Arizona for Biden.
The president retweeted a tweet on the network seeing declining ratings and added his own commentary: ‘Will go down much further. Weekend daytime even worse, dead. They still don’t get it. Fantastic alternatives! The late/great Roger Ailes is seriously missed, but I still won LEGAL VOTES by a lot!!!’
Ailes, who was ousted from Fox News in 2016 over charges of sexual harassment, advised Trump on the presidential debates that year. He died in 2017 and some credit him for Trump’s rise in politics.
And Trump retweeted a tweet about a lawsuit Sidney Powell, the attorney dumped from his legal team, brought about in Georgia.
And he complained about Pennsylvania, where his legal team is trying to stop certification of the state’s 20 electoral votes for Biden: ‘A total FRAUD. Statehouse Republicans, proud, strong and honest, will never let this travesty stand!’
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney who is leading the charge in trying to overturn the election, testified at a Republican-led hearing of sorts on Wednesday, which Trump called into to implore GOP officials in the state to find he won Pennsylvania.
‘This election has to be turned around. We won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all of these swing states by a lot,’ Trump said via a cellphone his attorney Jenna Ellis held up to a microphone.
‘We got 11 million votes more than we had four years ago in 2016. And we got many more votes than Ronald Reagan had when he won 49 states,’ Trump said, pointing to an election forty years ago when the population was considerably smaller.
Trump did receive 73 million votes – the most ever of an incumbent president. But Biden won over 80 million votes and the electoral college, which hands him the White House.
The Trump team has shown no evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state.
President Trump tosses a golf ball from his cart as he plays golf at his club in Virginia
President Donald Trump kicked off his Thanksgiving with a round of golf at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia
President Trump drives a golf cart on his course near Washington D.C.
President Trump gives a fist bump to a fellow golfer
President Donald Trump holds his phone as he stands next to a golf cart on his course
President Trump in his golf cart with security in golf carts around him
President Trump wore one of his signature red ‘Make America Great Again’ caps when he played golf on Thanksgiving
Trump had switched into holiday mode earlier in the day, writing ‘HAPPY THANKSGIVING’ atop a retweet from the SCOTUS blog, which covers Supreme Court cases. It reported that: ‘Just before midnight on the night before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from enforcing attendance limits at religious services. The vote is 5-4, with Roberts and the three liberals dissenting.’
The Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the coronavirus.
The court’s 5-4 vote granted requests made by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish congregations who were fighting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s October 6 decision about houses of worship in areas designated red and orange zones, where attendance was capped at 10 and 25 people, respectively.
New Justice Amy Coney Barrett ruled in the majority whereas the court’s three liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts dissented.
In two previous cases this year, the court on 5-4 votes turned away similar requests by churches in Nevada and California. Those votes occurred before the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president is having Thanksgiving dinner with his immediate family.
‘The First Family will be celebrating the day with immediate family for dinner at the White House. The President and First Lady wish everyone across the country a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving,’ said Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump, in a statement.
She did not detail who was included in the immediate family, which could consist of the president’s adult children from his first marriages and the first lady’s parents, who live near the White House.
In his Thanksgiving proclamation, President Trump encouraged Americans to gather and give thanks.
‘I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,’ he said in a statement.
Trump’s urging Americans to gather for the holiday comes as daily deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have surpassed 2,100 for the first since May as millions of Americans continue to ignore CDC travel guidance and dire warnings from health experts that Thanksgiving could be the ‘mother of all superspreader events’.
President Trump is expected to make the traditional call to members of the U.S. armed forces serving overseas. That call was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday but got moved back to 5 p.m. It is closed to the media and public.
President Trump returns to the White House after a round of golf on Thanksgiving – both before and after the game he tweeted on the election
President Trump checks his phone while on the golf course
President Trump, in red jacket, driving his golf cart on his golf course
President Trump takes aim as he plays golf on Thanksgiving day
President Trump on his golf course
President Trump walks back to his golf cart
Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump passes them outside the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia
President Trump’s motorcade arrives at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va, on Thanksgiving Day
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are spending Thanksgiving at the White House instead of traveling to Mar-a-Lago, where they’ll have dinner with immediate family
Don Jr., the president’s oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is ‘done with Rona’ and will spend Thanksgiving with family
Lara Trump posted a photo of a roadtrip to an undisclosed location with husband Eric Trump and their kids
Don Jr., the president’s oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is ‘done with Rona’ and will spend Thanksgiving with family.
He videotaped the message on Wednesday with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, noting the couple will be eating their ‘back up meal’ that day and then enjoying a second Thanksgiving feast.
‘I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to be cleared to be with my family but I got the medical OK I’m all done with the Rona,’ he noted.
‘I got cleared and we get to spend Thanksgiving the way it’s meant to be,’ he said in the video message.
And Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, posted a photo to Instagram of her, husband Eric Trump and their two kids taking a road trip to an unnamed location.
The president is also reaching out to friends who could be having a tough time over the holidays.
Eric Bolling, the Sinclair TV host whose son died of an accidental drug overdose in 2017, tweeted that Trump called him on Thanksgiving Day.
‘3 years ago today: A difficult first holiday without my Eric Chase.. the empty Thanksgiving seat being too real having just lost our son. The phone rang: ‘Eric, Melania and I want to tell you how much we feel for you today’ That call just came again. Thank you @realDonaldTrump,’ he wrote.
Last year on Thanksgiving, Trump made a surprise visit Afghanistan where he met with President Ashraf Ghani and served Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. troops stationed there.