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1 Sep, 2020 04:48

‘Just like in a golf tournament’? Trump compares police shootings to missing ‘3-foot putt,’ says ‘people choke’ under pressure

‘Just like in a golf tournament’? Trump compares police shootings to missing ‘3-foot putt,’ says ‘people choke’ under pressure

US President Donald Trump crafted a bizarre analogy while attempting to explain police shootings in golf terms, comparing the use of deadly force by some officers under pressure to missing an easy putt in a golf tournament.

“The police are under siege... they can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple or a choker... Shooting a guy in the back many times – couldn’t you have done something different, couldn’t you have wrestled him?” Trump told Fox’s Laura Ingraham in an interview on Monday night, adding:

But they choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt...

Ingraham rushed to cut in, saying “You're not comparing it to golf,” and suggesting the media would not react well to the analogy.

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“I'm saying people choke. People choke. And people are bad people. You have both. You have some bad people, and they choke,” Trump replied.

You could be a police officer for 15 years and all of a sudden you're confronted. You've got a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don't make the decision, and you're wrong, you're dead. People choke under those circumstances, and they make a bad decision.

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