As he faces a lonely end to his presidency, Donald Trump learned Sunday evening that, in the wake of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, he has lost one of the relationships he values most: his partnership with the Professional Golfers’ Association.
While the embattled president has been hunkered down to try and preserve his political career, the PGA of America, the proprietors of one of golf’s four major championship tournaments, announced that it plans to move its 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J
Holding the tournament at Trump Bedminster, Richerson said, would be “detrimental” to the PGA of America’s brand and put the organization’s ability to function “at risk.”.
As of Sunday, the 2022 PGA Championship was the only upcoming tournament listed on the Trump Organization’s website, so the PGA of America’s decision appears to sever his last remaining ties to the golfing establishment, effectively exiling him and his courses from the prestigious and lucrative world of professional golf.
Following that, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, seen as the governing authority for golf in the UK, seems to have ruled out Trump’s Turnberry golf course in Scotland for any tournaments as long as it is owned by him
Being snubbed by football and basketball teams, which have a lot of black players, could be used by Trump to rile up racial antagonisms. But to be snubbed by the pastime of wealthy white people?
But that was not all. Recently Trump has been distributing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to party hacks and loyalists like congresspersons Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan. He also announced yesterday that he was giving it to Bill Belichick, the coach of the New England Patriots football team.
But is a surprise move, Belichick turned down the offer, citing the riots of last week as the reason.
“Recently I was offered the opportunity to receive the presidential medal of freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” said Belichick in a statement issued on Monday.
Belichick is notorious for living and breathing football to the exclusion of pretty much everything else, though he did endorse Trump in 2016.
At a campaign rally in 2016, Trump read a letter he said was from Belichick congratulating him on a “tremendous campaign.” Belichick later endorsed Trump for the presidency saying: “Our friendship goes back many years, and I think that anybody who’s spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person.”
Rubbing salt in the wound, Belichick went on to praise the protests against racial injustice earlier this year.
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions.
Being betrayed by the golf world and Belichick must really hurt.