Donald Trump, whose dislike of criticism is legendary, has already begun using his power to silence foes.
Or, at least kick them out of his golf club.
Over the holiday weekend, Trump himself kicked Harry Hurt III, a man who wrote the 1993 biography Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, out of Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.
Hurt was golfing in a foursome with billionaire David Koch, a Trump club member and famous supporter of extreme right causes, and two other golfers.
While they waited for their tee time, Hurt walked over to Trump who was on the practice range and said, “Congratulations, sir” and shook his hand, according to a Facebook post from Hurt.
The post continues:
“Trump said, ‘you were rough on me, Harry. Really rough. That shit you wrote.’ Hurt says he looked Trump in the eye, and said, ‘It’s all true,’ to which Trump rejoined, ‘Not in the way you wrote it.’”
Hurt said Trump then kicked out the foursome: “David [Koch] was appalled … He branded Trump ‘petty’ and ‘vulgar.’ We played Emerald Dunes instead, which is a much, much better golf course than Trump International.”
Just as Trump took issue with things written in Hurt’s bio of him, apparently Koch is taking issue with Hurt’s version of what happened on the golf course!
A source close to Koch told the New York Post: “David was not present during the exchange between the President-elect and Harry Hurt and at no time was David asked to leave. He simply thought it was most respectful to depart with his guests.
“He said something to the effect when Harry offered to leave, “We came as a foursome and will leave as a foursome.”
“The comments attributed to David about the President Elect are not accurate and in fact, the two had a very cordial exchange a week or so prior during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago.”