It has been known for a while that anyone who publically defends or supports President Trump will be sown with the Scarlet Letter and will be ostracized from the public square. It now seems that even having respect to the office of the presidency is not safe from backlash.
Golfing legend Tiger Woods was recently asked about his relationship with President Trump, to which he responded with the finesse and precision he has mastered on the green.
“He’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods said.
The golfing icon who is currently tied for the second-most Masters wins of all-time gracefully drove his answer into the headlines of mainstream media, careful to clear the tall grass of explicit support and over the sand pits of an offense; all in the clear, right? Wrong.
ESPN host Max Kellerman still found a way to scrutinize Woods for giving the media an answer that was crafted so carefully to avoid offending people.
From Fox News:
Kellerman blasted Woods’ remarks, saying it was a “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement.”
“And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect on to its occupant – its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” he said.
The co-host continued: “We are held to a standard of behavior, we at our jobs, right, people in their daily lives. The president, if anything, is held to a higher standard of behavior. It is not such that we have such great respect for the office that no matter what the behavior of its occupant, we must respect the occupant because of the office. No. Tiger Woods … is being slick. We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment.”
“I don’t even know if he believes that’s what he’s saying,” an enraged Kellerman concluded, the Daily Wire reports.
“Well, first of all, we don’t know what Tiger Woods believes. He’s Cablinasian. He’s not black,” responded co-host Stephen A. Smith. “When he got arrested, he was black. He was listed black on the report.”
So, let’s understand that, Tiger Woods, that’s the issue the African-American community has always had, because, obviously from a historical perspective, if one-third of you has a darker hue, a darker pigmentation, the bottom line is you are black and it is that simple. … So, what I’m saying to you is, clearly, you are perceived as being a black man and even though you didn’t want to disassociate yourself from your mother’s ethnicity, who is Tai I believe, the bottom line is, that’s the reason why he took that position. But black Americans haven’t respected that from Tiger for quite some time. They haven’t heard Tiger speak on a plethora of issues pertaining to having a social consciousness on many, many occasions.
Later, Kellerman accused Woods of playing a “shell game” with his answer.
Molly Qerim, who also sat on the panel with the hosts, said Woods tried to avoid upsetting people with his answer and to avoid a social stigma.
Trump and Woods both share a passion for golfing and, according to the report, have golfed together for years. They have even kept in touch over the last two years.
“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”