Donald Trump sparks anger by golfing instead of volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr Day

Donald Trump has rejected the legacy of former Presidents who volunteered on Martin Luther King Jr Day – going golfing instead.

Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all commemorated the day, which celebrates King’s civil rights activism, by volunteering to help their local community.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (Front) and first lady Michelle Obama (Back) help paint a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr., at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the First Lady attended a service event at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS-Pool/Getty Images)


Clinton helped in the renovation of a senior health centre and painted the walls of a high school in the capital.

Bush invited African-American clergy to the White House, went to religious services which honoured King, and also painted a high school.

Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (C) and US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (3rd R) joke with City Year volunteers as they paint a mural at Cordozo High School in Washington, DC, 15 January 2007. President Bush made a surprise visit to the school for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)


On every MLK Day in his eight-year term, Obama and his family volunteered, working at everywhere from a soup kitchen to a family shelter.

What noble, understated good deed did Trump do on this national holiday, you may well ask.

US President Donald Trump walks with US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Gene Gibson, commanding officer of the Lake Worth Inlet Station, during an invitation for Coast Guard service members to play golf at Trump International Golf Course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on December 29, 2017. The President invited members of the Coast Guard to play golf to thank them personally for their service of patrolling the waters near Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)


He played golf.

For the third day in a row, the President hit a small ball around one of his own private courses, the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

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