Women’s group protests golf association for holding tournament at Trump course
A women’s advocacy group is protesting the U.S. Golf Association’s decision to hold the U.S. Women’s Open at President Trump’s New Jersey golf course over the weekend.
The group, called UltraViolet, began a planned three days of demonstrations on Friday by flying a plane banner reading “USGA: Stand with Women, not Trump” over Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. ahead of Trump’s arrival there.
The USGA faced pressure to move the women’s tournament because of Trump’s previous crude remarks about women.
But the organization ultimately doubled down on its decision to hold the event at the president’s golf club, arguing that it would not pull the tournament from its announced location for political reasons.
UltraViolet is now taking aim at the golf organization’s decision to hold the tournament at the club.
Protests are set to continue on Saturday when a digital billboard truck will encircle the New Jersey golf course flashing quotes from newspaper columnists bashing the USGA’s decision to hold the tournament there.
The billboard truck will also display quotes from Trump himself, including a line from the Access Hollywood recording that caught the real estate mogul boasting about sexual harassment.
The protests is expected to culminate on Sunday with UltraViolet members and supporters rallying outside the golf club in opposition to the USGA’s decision.
Trump attended the Women’s Open at the golf course on Friday, where he was seen waving to crowds from a glass-enclosed observation area. He said Friday night that he would also be at the tournament on Saturday.
UltraViolet staged a similar protest at the men’s U.S. Open in Wisconsin last month, flying a plane banner over the course reading “Take a mulligan, dump Trump.”
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