Sportswriter Rick Reilly Reveals in Graphic Detail All the Ways Donald Trump Cheats at Golf


Veteran sportswriter Rick Reilly‘s new book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump — which chronicles President Donald Trump‘s extensive cheating on the links — clocks in at 244 pages. Listening to Reilly spell out the extent of Trump’s cheating, though, one gets the impression there was a plethora of material left on the cutting room floor.

Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Reilly said of Trump, “He cheats like a mafia accountant. He cheats crazy. He cheats whether you’re watching or not. He cheats whether you like it or not.”

Reilly relayed comments from caddies at Trump’s club in Bedminster, NJ — who don’t deny helping him cheat, admitting to carrying multiple balls in their pockets.

“He kicks the ball out of the rough so many times the caddies call him Pele,” Reilly said.

The writer recalled a time in which he personally played with Trump in which he took a “gimme” from off the green. Gimmes are taken in friendly golf games when the ball is close to the hole and it is assumed the player will make the shot. To take a gimme from off the green is beyond absurd, and Reilly pointed out as much.

“I said, ‘Did you just take a gimme chip in?'” Reilly asked Trump. “‘Well, yeah, I would have made that.’ Come on.”

So why does he do all this? According to Reilly, it isn’t about money. The writer says that if someone’s playing Trump for money, the President ultimately won’t take the cash if he wins.

“It’s not about beating you out of the ten bucks,” Reilly said. “It’s about showing you that he’s better than you.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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