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Donald Trump says golf should be an aspirational game

Before he decided to run for president, we caught up with Donald Trump to talk golf.

Released on 1/16/2017

Transcript

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[Donald] I was going to the
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Wharton School of Finance.
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At the University of Pennsylvania
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and I had friends that were golfers.
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I never played golf, I always played baseball
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or football and stuff.
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And as a junior in school
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prior to, you know the senior year
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I'd go out to Cobbs Creek in Philadelphia
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[John] Oh yeah.
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[Donald] Yeah, very, public course.
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Rough course.
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No grass on the tees, no nothing.
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But it was good, and great people,
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and all hustlers out there, they were all hustlers.
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I mean you had more hustlers in that place
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than any place I've ever seen to this day.
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And I'd play golf.
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And I'd play golf with my friends
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and then after I started to like it I'd
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play golf with the hustlers.
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And I learned a lot.
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I learned a lot about golf.
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I learned a lot about
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about the gambling on golf.
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I learned a lot about everything.
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I mean you had guys that made a living
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sitting out there waiting for matches.
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I would make golf
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aspirational instead of trying to
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bring everybody into golf that
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they're never gonna be there anyway.
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You know, they're working so hard
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to make golf as they say
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a game of the people.
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And I think golf should be a game that the people
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want to aspire to through success.
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[John] So you'd like it to be an elitist activity.
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[Donald] It was always meant to be.
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And people get there through success.
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The great athletes, they all are golfers.
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They all want to play golf.
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Now what happened...
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[John] In Scotland when it started
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it was a game of the people.
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[Donald] It can still be, but it should be...
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They cheapen the game with what they're doing.
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In my opinion they cheapen the game.
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Golf should be an aspirational game, and they're
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taking aspiration out of it.
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