Golf legend Jack Nicklaus in a Tuesday night tweet urged people to get out and vote. Solid advice, for sure. Unfortunately he also thought it would be a good idea to share his political views about the presidential election and endorsed Donald Trump. As with most high-profile professional athletes, retired or not, it probably didn’t have quite the positive impact he had hoped.
Get out and vote. I did! pic.twitter.com/IfQb3NeSO3
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) October 29, 2020
Nicklaus, who has played golf with Trump in the past, wrote that he’s “been blessed to personally know several president on both sides of the aisle. I have had the privilege over the last three-and-a-half years to get to know our current President a little more as his term progressed.
“I have been very disappointed at at what he’s had to put up with from many directions, but with that, I have seen a resolve and a determination to do the right thing for our country. He has delivered on his promises. He’s worked for the average person.”
Nicklaus says he’s willing to overlook “the way our President says or tweets things. How he has said it has not been important to me. What has been important are his actions.”
Nicklaus concluded his tweet by saying he “strongly recommend(s) you consider Donald J. Trump for another four years. I certainly have and have already cast my vote for him!”
After leaving the PGA Tour the 80-year-old Nicklaus has had a hugely successful second career as a golf course designer and developer. That industry has benefited significantly from a 2017 Trump tax loophole that allows a tax deduction for promising to “conserve” fairways and putting greens in perpetuity.
The multi-millionaire golf course developer’s tweet has been widely shared and has received over 20,000 replies. Many are along the lines of the following, saying that Trump basically bought Nicklaus’ endorsement.
Why I’ve always liked Arnold Palmer better. https://t.co/cuX5WeSyIb
— Mike Barnicle (@mikebarnicle) October 29, 2020