The PGA Championship cancelled their contract with Trump’s Bedminster golf club

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If I stop to think about it too much, it’s legitimately crazy that private businesses and unwieldy sports tours are faster to respond to Donald Trump’s fascism and terrorism than most public officials. Twitter finally suspended Trump’s account, and so have other social media companies. Companies are cracking down not just on Trump, but on his Nazi supporters who attempted to violently overthrow the government last week. The latest domino to fall: the PGA Championship, a prestigious “get” for any golf club owner. Trump has hosted the PGA Championship at his Bedminster golf course before, and he was set to host it again in 2022. But not anymore – the PGA announced on Sunday that they’re withdrawing from the Bedminster course and looking for another location.

The organizers of the PGA Championship canceled plans to hold the event at President Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club in 2022 in the wake of last week’s Trump-inspired riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a statement that did not directly address the unrest in the nation’s capital, Jim Richerson, PGA of America’s president, said the group’s board voted Sunday night to “exercise the right to terminate the agreement” with Trump’s course.

“It’s become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Richerson said in a video posted to the organization’s website. “Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster. “It was a decision made to ensure the PGA of America and the PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”

The PGA Championship is one of the four majors in men’s golf, and therefore it was scheduled to be the most prestigious event ever held at a Trump property. His New Jersey course hosted the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, and his course in Loudoun County, Va., hosted the Senior PGA Championship that same summer.

“We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision,” a Trump Organization spokeswoman said in a statement. “This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement. As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world.”

[From WaPo]

I can hear the seething and whining from that Trump Org statement. LOL. It’s actually not the millions spent by Trump Org to host the event, it’s the prestige factor, it’s the fact that he has always been fundamentally desperate for legitimacy and acceptance. And he’s a bottomless pit of need, which explains some of his fascism. Anyway, I honestly think that sh-t like this – the PGA publicly breaking with him – hurts Trump more than any threat of impeachment or invocation of the 25th Amendment. If he still had his Twitter, he would be rage-tweeting about THIS, not the threat of impeachment.

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    This is a domino effect. One business runs, and others start running. Stripe not processing their campaign payments is an even bigger loss. No campaign donations!

    • Seraphina says:

      And that too has reportedly already started to happen. Big businesses are suspending donations to the congressmen and congresswomen who enabled this vile atrocity on our country. Hit them where it hurts: their pockets.

      • Noodle says:

        I’m here for it. If their mission and vision statements mean anything to them, they can’t ignore what this man and his henchmen have done to our democracy.

      • Seraphina says:

        So sad we are seeing big business hold these treasonous politicians accountable and paying a price for their enabling and not their own fellow collogues. EVERYONE who cheered this event and the mob needs to go.

      • StormsMama says:

        Now let’s get everyone to boycott Fox too. Let’s hold Fox and alllllllll it’s various entities accountable too. Why are they allowed to continually spew the hate filled absurdist lies?? No FCC violations- but Janet Jackson’s boob is an offense???
        Trump, every politician who enabled and stood with him during the rally and during the riot- every cop who participated on duty or off
        They all need to go

    • ce says:

      These people don’t really care if people die, if people are systemically discriminated againsts, if small businesses fail, if people lose homes… but God forbid something undercuts their bottom line, suddenly they grow a soul! That’s why it’s my motto to hit ‘em where they actually feel it: their wallets

  2. Chrissy says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ad infinitum!!!!!

  3. Paige says:

    Good Monday morning

    • Seraphina says:

      I read this from some news source late last night and I went to bed with some satisfaction that their are repercussions for vile and lawless behavior.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Indeed this news is quite the Monday opener. The PGA is hitting his wallet an his pride. If a grown man throws a tantrum but can’t Tweet about it…did it happen?

  4. Merricat says:

    Spot on.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Yes – this is hitting him where it really hurts. His BRAND is significantly damaged at this point, and if its absurd that up until yesterday the PGA was okay with hosting a major championship at his Bedminster course, at least this is something and its better late than never. I was also seeing that PGA said they would never use one of his clubs again, so that’s also something.

  6. Josie Bean says:

    Agree – this has got to hurt Trump. I just hope the PGA are able to terminate the contract without there being a huge financial cost to them.

  7. Rapunzel says:

    They spent “many many millions.” Lol. Trump has used Bedminster as an official residence, meaning 10s of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent “securing” it. I doubt Trump has put any real funds in.

    • SamC says:

      This! My parents live about 20 minutes from Bedminster and local chatter is any “millions” spent at that Club have been on the Trump family because Ivanka/Jared want to either add on to the home they have there or build a new home, as does Trump, plus all the required investments needed for the Secret Service to have a presence. The only real negative is to the hospitality industry in that area, which is struggling and the tournament, even a year out, would have been a boost.

  8. Midge says:

    When trump won in 2016 (god it’s still hard to write that) – I said, “OK he won, but his brand is the only thing he cares about and it will be worth less than nothing when his presidency is over.” I stand by that. That name that he slapped on tacky, cheaply-constructed buildings buildings across the world is worth shit now.

    • HoofRat says:

      His name was the only “asset” he had left, aside from the obscene amounts of public money he’s stuffed into his pockets with his tiny hands. Nothing now but ignominy and debt.

  9. Andrea says:

    This is so great. Way to go PGA! Golf has a pretty conservative fan base so this is big coming from the PGA and hopefully sends a clear message. As Kaiser said, it’s surreal to see private businesses and organizations taking a faster and harder stand than our own elected representatives 😒

  10. MM2 says:

    I’m pouring lots of cream, sugar & schadenfreude in my coffee this morning (takes a long sip & smiles).

  11. Indywom says:

    The Trump brand is now toxic. Not many people will want to be associated with it . That is the best revenge of all. I have to ask the question if Don, Jr. and Eric are running a business, how do they have so much time to be constantly stumping for Dad and appearing on Fox News? I think the Trump organization is in trouble and once those MAGA idiots figure out that they were used, I can see them being sued for inciting a riot that lead to death and injuries. That is why they are all silent.

  12. ACB says:

    I live nearby and I’m f*cking thrilled. Grab ‘em by the pocketbook!

  13. Jay says:

    I think with the oversight committees changing hands, several companies will feel “safer” dropping Trump/republican ties, simply because they are no longer beneficial. They clearly don’t believe that they will need to stay on Trump’s good side, because you know he obsesses over “loyalty”.

    What’s the point in funnelling money to the party that embarrasses your brand if they can’t help you rewrite the tax code?

  14. emu says:

    His two favorite things – golf and twitter! Destroyed for an office he never wanted in the first place. Good riddance. I hope the dominos keep falling.

  15. Ariel says:

    Hit him where it hurts, prestige and money.
    Over and over and over.

  16. JanetDR says:

    This is such delightful news. But I can’t help thinking that it should have happened long ago. Like no one should have given him anything after the Central Park 5.

  17. Nikki* says:

    I agree w/Kaiser that THIS HURT 45 more than all the political fallout! I just can’t help beaming….

  18. Courtney B says:

    He was awarded the event in 2014. So he’s had to wait all these years and then, just practically on the cusp, gets it taken away. Makes it even better.