Stephen Colbert wonders why Trump is playing golf as markets drop

Donald Trump (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Donald Trump (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) /

Concern over the coronavirus affected stock markets and more tests need to be made, so Stephen Colbert asked why is President Donald Trump playing golf.

The outbreak of novel coronavirus continues to make headlines as more U.S. cases are announced and the consequences become more apparent. Stephen Colbert sees it as a time for laser-focused leadership. So if that is the case, why was President Donald Trump on the golf course?

The Dow reported its worst day since 2008 as the stock market reacted to growing concern over novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, things looked to be bouncing back so a close eye will be kept on the numbers to see if a recovery is imminent.

Monday’s markets led to even more criticism of the Trump administration and its handling of the public health situation. Previous reports suggested that President Trump was more concerned with the stock market effects than the health of Americans and late night hosts were quick to pile on in response.

President Trump didn’t help himself by spending the weekend on the golf course. Plenty has been made about how much time he spends playing golf but the optics of this particular outing were worse than usual. Stephen Colbert didn’t hold back in covering the story during Monday’s Late Show monologue.

Like the rest of late night television, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has joked about President Trump’s golf game in the past. But this round wasn’t during some random weekend where nothing was going on. Colbert calls it “insensitive” because it comes when Americans are being told to self-quarantine or avoid crowds.

Once President Trump was finished with golf, he started crunching the numbers on novel coronavirus. Colbert highlights another example of the president attempting to tweet his problems away rather than promote caution or attempt to quell concern.

And when he did try to reassure the country, he failed miserably says Colbert. The Late Show catches up on President Trump’s visit to the Center for Disease Control where he boasted about his intelligence and provided incorrect information on testing kits.

Anyone who has watched late night shows knows there is a common joke when it comes to President Trump playing golf. Yes, it looks bad that he spends so much time on the golf course. But it also means he’s not at the White House making decisions or spreading false information. The novel coronavirus story is another example as Colbert isn’t happy to see President Trump on the course or at the CDC.

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If the stock markets do bounce back, you can be sure that President Donald Trump will be the first one to announce the news. He will continue to look for the silver lining in the story while comedians like Stephen Colbert continue to look at the big picture. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.