The events of January 6th will forever live in the American psyche, after a number of President Trump’s supporters laid siege to the US Capitol in hopes of preventing the certification of the electoral college’s results.
Some who entered the building did so while loudly exclaiming their intent to hang Vice President Mike Pence as well, which, when coupled with the numerous casualties that occurred on January 6th, has now pushed many around the nation to consider punishing those involved with the event.
President Trump is facing criticism over his remarks to the crowd outside the Capitol on the morning of the attempted insurrection, and this has forced a number of his corporate partners to rethink their relationship with the Commander in Chief.
The PGA is one of them.
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.”
Online payment portals Shopify and PayPal have already severed ties with President Trump and his MAGA merchandising empire, just hours after the President was booted from Twitter and Facebook.