As the world continues to examine the events of January 6th, a great deal of criticism is being aimed in the direction of Donald Trump and the speech that he gave to the crowd just hours before the Capitol was stormed.
For many in the corporate world, the choice has been clear: sever ties with Donald Trump as swiftly and succinctly as possible. Not only have Twitter and Facebook restricted the President’s ability to communicate in real-time with the general public, but online payment portals PayPal and Shopify are now refusing to do business with Trump or his surrogates.
And, in a stunning move on Monday morning, the PGA has now decided that Trump’s Bedminster golf course will not be used to host a 2022 championship.
The PGA of America cut ties to President Trump when it voted Sunday to take the PGA Championship event away from his New Jersey golf course next year. The vote comes four days after the Trump-fueled riot at the nation’s Capitol as Congress was certifying the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden. This is the second time in just over five years the PGA of America removed one of its events from a Trump course.
PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, said in a telephone interview. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was, given the tragic events of Wednesday, that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”
President Trump is facing an unprecedented second impeachment this week, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle look to condemn the actions of January 6th.
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