Protester Hurls Swastika Golf Balls During Trump’s Scottish News Conference
Rick Chandler 01:42 pm, June 24th, 2016
Donald Trump is in Scotland for the opening of his new Turnberry Golf Course, so you knew something fun was going to happen. And it did.
And we're not talking about one of the course's neighbors who flew a gigantic Mexican flag above his house. It was British comedian Lee Nelson (real name Simon Brodkin), who disrupted Trump's press conference by pouring swastika-themed golf balls onto the grass around Trump, and handing some out to the crowd.
After a brief statement in which Nelson declared that the Nazi golf balls "will be available in the gift shop," he was hustled off by security.
Trump did have a few things to say about the Brexit vote (he was delighted at the outcome, naturally), but for the most part he fumbled a giant opportunity. Trump, by pure chance, found himself in the middle of one of the biggest moments in UK (and European) political history, and chose to use the moment to talk about the suites at his golf course.
CNN was incredulous, and actually cut away from Trump when it was clear he was just delivering an infomercial. Excerpt:
JOHN AVALON: This is insane. The presumptive Republican nominee has the world watching on a historic day and he is doing a five minute advertorial for his golf course in great detail, talking about the beauty of the suites, how great the pars are on certain holes, not talking about Brexit. This is a summation in some ways of his campaign. He is in the right place at the right time for his message, and he blows it because at the end of the day, it's all about him. He seems to be trying to profit off a presidential run and not taking it seriously. This is Trump steaks all over again after winning the primaries. It's completely insane.
ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): David, is that how you see it?
DAVID GREGORY: I think John understates the importance of adding suites to the lighthouse. But I totally -- I mean, look, we spent all this time analyzing the potential significance of the parallels with his own campaign. We spent all of this time highlighting parallels of the campaign and way out ahead of where Donald Trump's campaign is. I'm shocked that, even given his statements, that he didn't come out and immediately seize on the importance of this. Maybe he wanted to inject a note of caution by not getting involved. But no, this just seems like political malpractice. I'm as bemused as everyone else looking at this thinking how strange this is.
Yes, Trump is seen above surrounded by swastika golf balls. Happy Brexit, everyone!
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