Donald Trump’s strangest belief


Perhaps aware of his time spent on bonds, he also wanted to defend himself against criticism of his hobbies (although none is obvious).

“I know a lot of them in business and politics that work endlessly, in some cases to the point of exhaustion. It’s their number one passion in life, but no one complains. My “exercise” is played, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played longer and much longer rounds, no problem. When I play, CNN’s Fake News, and others, park everywhere they can for a photo, and then shout, “President Trump is playing golf.” In fact, I play VERY fast, I do a lot of work on the golf course and I also do a little exercise. Not bad! ”

(Box: It is not true that President Barack Obama played more golf than Trump.)

Trump’s repeated mention of “exercise” in these tweets reminded me of what I consider to be the strangest (and one of the smallest) beliefs that the President carries: his theory of battery vital energy.For the uninitiated: Evan Osnos, in a profile of Trump in The New Yorker a few years ago, describes the “battery” theory as follows:

“Besides golf, he considers exercise to be unwise, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a limited amount of energy. “

This, from the book “Trump Revealed”, Washington Post journalists Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, explains Trump’s theory in more detail:

“After college, after Trump gave up most of his personal sports interests, he came to see the time spent playing sports as wasted time.” Trump believed that the human body was like a battery, with a limited amount of energy, which exerted only exhaustion. So it didn’t work. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his best casino managers, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he warned him, “You are going to die young because of this. “”

Basically, Trump thinks that exercise is actually bad for you – unnecessarily draining your life battery. It is not, uh, supported by science.

But that seems to be the reason why Trump has resisted following the White House doctor’s advice for the past few years to exercise more – and has been defensive about it.

” I’m exercising. I mean I walk, I this, I do this, “Trump told Reuters shortly after the details of his 2018 physique were released.” I’m running to a nearby building. I exercise more than people think. ”

Golf, of course, is exempt from Trump’s exercise skepticism. That is why his rounds of Saturday and Sunday were his 276th and 277th visits to one of his golf clubs during his presidency.

Point: Trump has a lot of strange opinions informed by superstition and anecdotal evidence rather than by science and real data. The strangest theory of battery life is the strangest.


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