With less than a week to go until the November 3 presidential election, golfer big Jack Nicklaus formally supported Donald Trump on Twitter and urged Americans to drop out and vote and support the Republican incumbent.
In a detailed statement posted on Twitter, the Golden Bear acknowledged the traits of Trump’s personality that he disagreed with, but said he was happy to overlook them, claiming that Trump had done more than anyone else to ensure that American families could still pursue the same American dream that Nicklaus pursued.
“I have had the privilege of getting to know our President a little better over the past three and a half years during his tenure,” wrote the 80-year-old, who had set a record of 18 majors.
“I was very disappointed by what he had to put up with from many directions, but in doing so I saw the determination and will to do the right thing for our country.
“He kept his promises. He has worked for the average citizen. In my opinion, he was more diverse than any president I have ever seen and tried to help people from all walks of life equally. …] I also believe that Donald Trump’s policies will bring the American dream to many families across the country who are still trying to make it a reality.
Nicklaus then warned that the election of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would result in the country “evolving into a socialist America” and called on voters to support Trump’s policy of America First.
“This is not a personality contest; it is about patriotism, politics and the people who influence them. His love for America and its citizens and the fact that he puts his country first has been loud and clear. How he said that was not important to me. What was important were his actions. Now you have the opportunity to do something.
It was predictable that Nicklaus’ endorsement of Trump would crash like a lead balloon in some circles, with Twitter quickly pointing out the difference between the Golden Bear and the late Arnold Palmer, who, along with Nicklaus and Gary Player, formed the so-called Big Three of golf in the 1960s.
What an embarrassment you are.
– Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 29, 2020
Arnold Palmer was a great golfer who will also be remembered for inventing the delicious combination of iced tea and lemonade. Jack Nicklaus is a fool who can drink a tall glass of shut the f*Â£#. https://t.co/RA0n4dbj9P
– Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) October 29, 2020
Who would have thought that 2020 would be the year when I would finally learn the difference between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
– Schooley (@Rschooley) October 29, 2020
*sips on a cold refreshing Arnold Palmer* Sorry, who are you again? https://t.co/eLf3Lu42a9
– LOLKNBR (@LOLKNBR) October 29, 2020
Thank God they named a drink only after Arnold Palmer, because if they named a drink after Jack Nicklaus, it would be half cyanide, half Kool-Aid https://t.co/DjuIHU90qd
– Frank Lesser (@sadmonsters) October 29, 2020
I myself was always more of an Arnold Palmer man.
– Daniel Cherny ð° (@DanielCherny) October 29, 2020
Wow worst decision since The Two Jakes https://t.co/jPEAnKrlrx
– Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) October 29, 2020
Palmer has won seven majors in a illustrious career, and his 62 PGA Tour victories earned him fifth place on the Tour’s list of all-time winners, behind only Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.
Palmer’s influence off the court was probably equally significant, as he is widely credited with helping to change the perception of the sport from a purely elitist pastime to one that is accessible to the working class.
He was the creator of the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting children and youth and has established several hospitals that focus on treating children.
Like Nicklaus, Palmer was a republican who played golf with Dwight D. Eisenhower and admired Gerald Ford, according to a chronicle published by his biographer Thomas Hauser in Sporting News in 2018. His relationship with Trump, however, was somewhat more complicated.
In 2010, Palmer was featured in a promotional video for Trump’s golf channel show “Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf.
The ad resurfaced last month when the President was on a campaign trip to Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to meet the si