Donald Trump’s strangest belief

Perhaps aware of his time spent on links, he also defended himself against criticism of his free time (although none was easily obvious).

“I know many in business and politics that run endlessly, in some cases to a point of exhaustion. It is their number one passion in life, but no one complains. My ‘exercise’ is to play, almost never during the week, a quick round of golf. Obama played longer and much longer rounds, no problem. When I play, Fake News CNN, and others, park anywhere to take a picture, and then yell “President Trump is playing golf “Actually, I play VERY fast, I do a lot of work on the golf course and I also do a little exercise. Not bad!”

(Sidebar: It is not true that President Barack Obama has played more golf than Trump.)

Trump’s repeated mention of “exercise” in those tweets reminded me of what I consider to be the strangest (and one of the smallest) beliefs that the President carries: his theory of the battery of life energy.

For the uninitiated: Evan Osnos, in a profile of Trump in The New Yorker a few years ago, described the “battery” theory this way:

“Apart from golf, he considers exercise to be wrong, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.”

This, from the book “Trump Revealed,” by Washington Post journalists Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, explains Trump’s theory in a little more detail:

“After college, after Trump largely abandoned his personal athletic interests, he came to see time spent playing sports as wasted time. Trump believed that the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, that the Exercise just wore out. Then it didn’t work. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, ‘You’re going to die young for this.’ “

Basically, Trump believes that exercise is, in fact, bad for you: unnecessarily depleting your life battery. This is not supported by science.

But it appears to be why Trump has resisted following the White House doctor’s advice in recent years to exercise more, and has been defensive about it.

“I exercise. I mean I walk, this and that,” Trump told Reuters shortly after the details of his 2018 physical were revealed. “I run to a building next door. I exercise more than people do. think. “

Golf, of course, is exempt from Trump’s skepticism about exercise. That is why his rounds on Saturday and Sunday were his 276 and 277 visits to one of his golf clubs during his presidency.

Point: Trump has many strange views informed by superstition and anecdotal evidence rather than science and real data. The battery theory of life force is the strangest.