Protests Forming for U.S. Women’s Open at Trump golf club

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An advocacy group has organized a series of events to protest the U.S. Golf Association’s decision to host the U.S Women’s Open at a course belonging to President Donald Trump.

The group, called UltraViolet, deemed the Trump National Golf Club an inappropriate venue because of Trump’s purported controversial statements about and treatment of women.

“For months, UltraViolet had called on the (U.S. Golf Association) and (Ladies Professional Golf Association) to sever ties with Donald Trump, arguing that it is wildly inappropriate for one of the world’s most prestigious women’s golf tournaments to give millions of dollars in revenue, free advertising, and branding to Donald Trump, a self-admitted serial sexual predator and unapologetic misogynist,” the group said in a statement.

The 72nd annual U.S. Women’s Open is being contended this week at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., with championship rounds scheduled through Sunday.

UltraViolet has hired a plane to fly over the venue on Friday at 2 p.m., towing a banner that reads, “USGA: STAND WITH WOMEN, NOT TRUMP.”

According to NJ.com, “On Saturday and Sunday, a truck billboard will be installed at Clarence Dillon Public Library, and will also circle the course, flashing ‘vile’ Trump quotes about women as well as snippets of commentary from columnists arguing that the event should have been moved.”

UltraViolet has planned a Sunday protest at the golf course.

Trump has drawn criticism for some of his statements regarding women, including comments caught on tape in which Trump used coarse language to boast of touching women inappropriately without their consent. The tape was made public during Trump’s presidential campaign.

UltraViolet has been pressuring the LPGA to find another venue for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open since October 2016.

Trump posted a tweet Thursday indicating that he had left Paris and was headed to New Jersey to attend the U.S. Women’s Open, “their most important tournament,” this afternoon.

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