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Progressives Attack Tiger Woods over Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

Progressives Attack Tiger Woods over Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

On Monday, President Donald Trump gave golf great Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom (MOF). It was an event many progressives found upsetting.

New York Times economist Paul Krugman, for instance, seemed blissfully unaware that numerous actors, athletes, and entertainers have been the recipient of the MOF since it was first implemented under President John. F. Kennedy.

“I’m old enough to remember when Presidential Medals of Freedom were given for showing courage and making sacrifices on behalf of the nation and the world. Tiger Woods … hits golf balls for money,” Krugman wrote.

It seems that Krugman was confusing the MOF with the Medal of Honor.

Left-wing lawyer Richard W. Painter discounted Tiger Woods’ entire career, reducing his life to being a mere business partner of the president.

“The highest civilian award ever given for designing a Trump golf course,” Painter wrote. “Trump awards Medal of Freedom to long-time friend Tiger Woods.”

 

Speaking of Painter, his Citizens for Ethics also jumped into the attack to call the award into question because Trump and Woods have been business partners in the past.

“Trump is awarding Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom,” the group tweeted, adding, “Tiger Woods happens to have designed a golf course in Dubai for the Trump Organization.”

Along that same line of criticism, journalism professor Steven Beschloss assumed the only reason Trump gave Tiger the MOF was for business reasons.

“Word has it Trump gave a treasured medal of freedom to a golfer he wants to do business with. As worthy as Tiger might be, Trump found a way to undermine the value of this honor.”

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