Donald Trump, his administration and women’s golf


This video from the USA says about itself:

Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary in Denver Church: I’ve Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn’t Trump?

17 February 2017

We go inside the First Unitarian church in Denver to interview Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant mother of four children who has taken refuge there out of fear she would be arrested and deported to Mexico if she went to her scheduled check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Vizguerra came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1997 and is one of the founders of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. She previously won five postponements of deportation, but said she doubts she could win a similar reprieve under the Trump administration.

From UltraViolet in the USA today:

Just a few weeks in office and big name companies are already running away from President Donald Trump for targeting Muslims, immigrants, women, and working people.

In fact, after tens of thousands of people spoke out against each company, executives at Uber, Disney, and Nordstrom moved to cut significant ties with Trump and his businesses.1

And there’s one more company that is facing outrage for not yet dumping Trump. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is holding its most prestigious tournament–the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open–at Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf resort.2

The LPGA leadership is under a lot of pressure for hosting the Women’s Open at a serial sexual abuser‘s golf course. In fact, hundreds of people have flooded them with calls, and even U.S. senators urged them to cut ties with Trump.3 If enough of us speak up and join the mounting pressure, the LPGA will also be forced to cut business ties with Trump–hitting him where it hurts. Can you sign the petition?

Tell the LPGA: “Dump Trump! A sexist, racist should not host the most prestigious women’s golf tournament in America.”

Golf has a damning history of racism, sexism, and discrimination against people with disabilities. The LPGA began in 1950, thirty years after women won the right to vote. Until 1961, men of color were banned from the men’s PGA.4 And it took a Supreme Court ruling to stop the PGA from mistreating disabled golfers.5

As a sport, golf has come a long way from that history. The LPGA associating itself with Trump isn’t only several steps backward, but an endorsement of Trump’s presidency in front of the entire country.

There is momentum behind companies cutting ties with Trump–and it’s clear nothing gets under his skin more. If we speak out together, we can get yet another company to dump Trump and send the message that millions of people reject his hateful and dangerous presidency.

Will you sign the petition to the LPGA now?

Thanks for taking action.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Uber CEO Drops Out of Trump’s Economic Panel, Disney’s Bob Iger to Miss Meeting, Variety, February 2, 2017

Trump Slams Nordstrom For Dropping Ivanka’s Clothing Line, NPR, February 8, 2017

2. USGA awards 2017 U.S. Women’s Open to Donald Trump’s N.J. course, Golf Magazine, accessed February 15, 2017

3. Senators call for the LPGA to move women’s major away from Trump course, ThinkProgress, October 26, 2016

4. PGA Group Abolishes ‘Caucasian’, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 10, 1961

5. This time around, few would deny Casey Martin a ride at the Open, Golf Magazine, June 12, 2012

From Representative Alan Grayson in the USA:

Hillary Clinton famously described “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” When you look at Trump’s Cabinet choices, the only thing that’s wrong with that statement is the math.

Jeff Sessions for Attorney General? Jeff “Klansman without a Hood” Sessions will be in charge of enforcing our civil rights laws? Why didn’t Trump appoint Tony Soprano for Attorney General? Was Soprano simply not available?

Maybe Trump thought that Tony Soprano would be better suited as Treasury Secretary — under the Willie Sutton theory of kleptocracy – “that’s where all the money is.” Which makes you wonder why Trump chose Steven “I’d like to buy a vowel, Vanna” Mnuchin. Because you want the guy who raised the most money for your campaign to be in charge of ALL the money, right?

Questions, questions. Why didn’t Trump select Michael Corleone for FBI Director?

Darth Vader for Secretary of Defense?

Nurse Ratched for Secretary of Health and Human Services?

Freddy Krueger for Surgeon General? (Or Jason Voorhees.)

Norman Bates for Secretary of Homeland Security?

Daddy Warbucks for Secretary of Commerce?

Hannibal Lecter for Secretary of Agriculture?

Megatron for Secretary of Transportation?

Hans Landa (of “Inglorious Basterds”) for NATO Ambassador?

The Wicked Witch of the West for UN Ambassador?

Agent Smith for OMB Director?

Jaws for NOAA Administrator?

OK, that last one would be difficult, because Jaws would demand to be paid in fish. But as for all the rest, when I look at Trump’s actual picks, the ONLY reason I can think of why he didn’t choose the ones on my list is that . . . they’re fictional characters, silly. They’re not real. They don’t exist.

So Trump had to find some real-life villains instead.

An EPA Administrator who wants to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

A Secretary of Labor who would love to see the day when workers would have to pay their bosses to work, instead of vice versa – “call them interns!”

A Secretary of State who would not only sell out his country, but probably his grandmother as well, for the sake of a lucrative drilling contract.

Why? Why put people in charge of agencies that they want to destroy? Because, as they used to say in the Reagan Administration, “personnel is policy.” Wedge enough right-wing grifters into high office, and right-wing policies will flow thick and fast.

Or maybe Donald Trump just has a really wicked sense of humor. Which makes me wonder: Is Donald Trump really . . . The Joker?

Riddle me that.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

And this graph shows how much that Kellyanne Conway callout has boosted Ivanka Trump’s sales. [HuffPost]

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  3. The biggest tournament in women’s golf is set to happen on Donald Trump’s golf course–earning him millions of dollars and invaluable branding, while forcing women players to support a racist, sexist predator.1 And KitchenAid, a brand that depends on women customers, is giving business to one of Trump’s golf courses.2

    But the good news is that the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) have been feeling the heat after a series of bad press and protests over their support of Trump have plagued their events.3 If we all speak out against KitchenAid for sponsoring a tournament, the press will notice, and KitchenAid will be forced to decide: are they going to stand with Trump and his hateful agenda, or will they stand with women and dump the USGA, LPGA, and Trump?

    Tell KitchenAid: Dump Trump! Refuse to sponsor future USGA and LPGA tournaments until they move the 2017 Women’s Open from Donald Trump’s golf course.
    Sign the petition

    KitchenAid, a staple in American kitchens, is sponsoring a major golf tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C. But that was before 100,000 UltraViolet members spoke out against the USGA and LPGA for hosting a major women’s golf tournament on a Trump golf course. Since then, the golf world has been under a lot of pressure to dump Trump. If sponsors start to join the protests, it will push the USGA and LPGA to finally cut ties with Trump.

    Golf has a notorious history of racism, sexism, and discrimination against people.4 But its leaders have worked hard to move away from that reputation to make it a more inclusive sport. If the USGA and LPGA dump Trump, it will be a clear and powerful rejection of bigotry in the public’s eye.

    KitchenAid executives don’t want their brand associated with Trump’s racist, sexist reputation. And with protests erupting and heavy scrutiny from sports media, KitchenAid’s withdrawal of its support will push the USGA and LPGA over the edge, sending a message through the sports world and beyond: the endorsement of Trump’s racist, sexist agenda is unacceptable.

    Will you sign the petition to KitchenAid now?

    Thanks for taking action.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, and Natalie, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. The L.P.G.A. Tour and Donald Trump: It’s Complicated, New York Times, March 28, 2017

    2. 2017 Senior PGA Championship: Dates, TV times, tee times, course information and everything else you need to know, Professional Golf Association, May 19, 2016

    3. The L.P.G.A. Tour and Donald Trump: It’s Complicated, New York Times, March 28, 2017

    4. PGA Group Abolishes ‘Caucasian’, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 10, 1961

    This time around, few would deny Casey Martin a ride at the Open, Golf Magazine, June 12, 2012

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  4. Thanks to you, the executives at the Ladies Professional Golf Association responded to the demand to move the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open from Donald Trump’s golf course–and they’re clearly feeling the pressure!1

    Executives were forced to put out a statement to media after 100,000 people signed the petition, and UltraViolet members protested a tournament in Phoenix, AZ while planes flew the message, “Take a mulligan. Dump sexist Trump.”2 Now, UltraViolet members are flooding their phones.

    Linda, we have their attention. Can you help push the U.S. Golf Association and Ladies Professional Golf Association over the edge and call their offices?

    Make sure to leave a voicemail if you don’t reach someone:

    USGA – (908) 234-2300

    LPGA – (386) 274-6200

    It’s always best to speak in your own words, but here are some points to guide you:

    Golf is a sport that has long carried a dubious track record of racism, sexism, and discrimination against people with disabilities–and Donald Trump ran a campaign based on all those things. The USGA and LPGA should be ashamed.

    Holding the U.S. Women’s Open is an endorsement of Trump–a racist, sexual predator–to the public. The USGA and LPGA must send a clear signal to women and men across the country that they stand against Trump’s hateful platform and policies by committing to hold all future women’s tournaments out of Trump property.

    Over 100,000 people have signed the petition. Dump Trump!

    Let us know how it went.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, and Natalie, the UltraViolet team

    Sources:

    1. LPGA responds to group’s planned Trump protest, Golf Central, March 17, 2017

    2. Trump protesters asked to leave LPGA Tour event, ABC News, March 18, 2017

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  5. OMG this weekend was amazing! On behalf of more than 100,000 UltraViolet members who’ve been pushing the U.S. Golf Association to move the 2017 Women’s Open from Trump’s Bedminster golf course, we protested at the event.

    He saw us. He was mad. And he tweeted about it.

    Here’s how it went down:

    –First, more than 30 UltraViolet members and allies held a rally outside of the golf resort.

    –Then, they set up a motorcade–with cars that had signs like “This is a sexual predator’s golf course”–that drove along the path audiences used to head to the Women’s Open. They were followed by a truck that read Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood quote. And they kept going despite being stopped by New Jersey State Police for protesting.

    –Next, and this is probably the best part, a handful of those UltraViolet members went inside the golf course, waited until the final round until Trump himself showed up, and–right in front of him and tons of press–silently took off their shirts to reveal purple shirts that read “USGA: Dump sexist Trump.”

    –And finally, after hours of protesting out in the heat, and after they knew he’d seen them, they went out for ice cream!

    Here are just a few of hundreds of press hits:

    A small group protests Trump as he watches U.S. Women’s Open (Washington Post)

    Protesters, supporters face off outside Trump’s box at U.S. Women’s Open (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (NJ Advance Media)

    UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National (Golf Channel)

    Anti-Trump protests staged at U.S. Women’s Open (Reuters)

    Some tweets!

    “Dozens out here in the heat to tell USGA…”

    “At the #USWomensOpen looking sexist-racist Donald Trump in the eyes…”

    “Second protest inside security at Trump National. Trump is pointing at it from inside box.”

    “WATCH as protesters reveal their “USGA: Dump Sexist Trump” shirts…”OMG this weekend was amazing! On behalf of more than 100,000 UltraViolet members who’ve been pushing the U.S. Golf Association to move the 2017 Women’s Open from Trump’s Bedminster golf course, we protested at the event.

    He saw us. He was mad. And he tweeted about it.

    Here’s how it went down:

    –First, more than 30 UltraViolet members and allies held a rally outside of the golf resort.

    –Then, they set up a motorcade–with cars that had signs like “This is a sexual predator’s golf course”–that drove along the path audiences used to head to the Women’s Open. They were followed by a truck that read Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood quote. And they kept going despite being stopped by New Jersey State Police for protesting.

    –Next, and this is probably the best part, a handful of those UltraViolet members went inside the golf course, waited until the final round until Trump himself showed up, and–right in front of him and tons of press–silently took off their shirts to reveal purple shirts that read “USGA: Dump sexist Trump.”

    –And finally, after hours of protesting out in the heat, and after they knew he’d seen them, they went out for ice cream!

    Here are just a few of hundreds of press hits:

    A small group protests Trump as he watches U.S. Women’s Open (Washington Post)

    Protesters, supporters face off outside Trump’s box at U.S. Women’s Open (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (NJ Advance Media)

    UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National (Golf Channel)

    Anti-Trump protests staged at U.S. Women’s Open (Reuters)

    Some tweets!

    “Dozens out here in the heat to tell USGA…”

    “At the #USWomensOpen looking sexist-racist Donald Trump in the eyes…”

    “Second protest inside security at Trump National. Trump is pointing at it from inside box.”

    “WATCH as protesters reveal their “USGA: Dump Sexist Trump” shirts…”

    UltraViolet members pulled these actions off with allies like CREDO and the New Jersey Working Families Party amid often-violent Trump supporters–some of whom showed up the day before. Because, as Hope S. (one of the UltraViolet members who confronted Trump) said: “This is how we take on Trump. We stay visible. We stay bold. We stay united.”

    Because of UltraViolet members, hundreds of thousands of people were reminded that associating with Trump is an endorsement of his behavior. Neither Trump nor the USGA should get away with their actions in the public eye, so UltraViolet members made sure they didn’t.

    And none of this would have been possible without thousands of UltraViolet members teaming together to take action. Thank you for speaking out.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, PaKou, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, and Lindsay, the UltraViolet team

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