President Donald Trump is facing an enormous slew of criticism this week, after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in January 6th with the intent of blocking the certification of the electoral college results.
There are many who’ve suggested that Trump’s speech to the crowd, which came just hours ahead of the violent event, may have further agitated the MAGA masses, and this possibility has a number of the President’s corporate partners scrambling to respond.
This week, the PGA announced that they would no longer be utilizing a Trump-owned golf property for events in 2022.
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 has already been excommunicated from Facebook and Twitter, and online payment processors PayPal and Shopify have distanced themselves from the MAGA merchandise empire Trump created as well.