Tiger Woods was headed to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday. But there was one key difference between this ceremony and the other presentations of the coveted prize — the golf great will be awarded by his business partner, Donald Trump.
Woods, who doesn’t identify as Black and has called himself “Cablinasian” (according to him, it means Blend of Caucasian, Black, American Indian and Asian), won his fifth Masters title last month. The win was after 11 years of winning no championships. Of course, Trump jumped on it and tweeted, “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!”
The 43-year-old Woods has a massive business deal with Trump for a golf course in Dubai, which began in 2014. According to Trump.com, “The magnificent 18-hole Championship-standard course will be designed by the iconic golfing superstar Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods Design will bring the golfer’s design expertise and worldwide playing experience to the development, and, when coupled with the Trump brand standard of excellence, will create a new luxury benchmark for golf in the Middle East.”
Jordan Libowitz, communications director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a left-leaning public policy group, told Yahoo, “You have to ask whether it’s his true belief Tiger Woods deserves this award or whether he’s doing it to help his business.”
Aaron Scherb, the director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, a watchdog group, told the New York Times that Trump awarding Tiger the Medal of Freedom “shows he’s willing to use any tool of government to benefit his business and political allies.”
Of course, the empress of lies, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, babbled, “The president thinks Tiger is not only a tremendous athlete but also has a great comeback story. He is undisputed as one of the great golfers in history and has broken barriers in the game.”
Trump clearly also thinks Tiger is good for business. Moreover, how vile that Woods would exploit himself for this racist president and once said about people who are critical of Trump, “We all must respect the office.”
Maybe Woods should ask his business partner to do the same.