We remember, fondly, when golfers and other sports figures talked of boycotting events at venues connected to a certain toxic candidate for public office.
That candidate is not magically any less toxic, but he is, tragically, president of the United States. So now it’s OK for organizations like the PGA of America, which is putting on the Senior PGA Championship this weekend at Drumpf National in suburban D.C., to turn all gutless and gushy.
Remember the “thugs and rapists” comments about Mexican immigrants in June 2015? That same PGA of America, along with the USGA, PGA Tour and LPGA, issued a swift rebuke to the newly announced candidate’s explanation (to Golf World magazine): “They all know I’m right.”
It’s one thing to denounce a longshot creep candidate and quite another thing — we get it — when the longshot comes in. Drumpf is “good for the game,” said the CEO of the PGA of America, which has awarded the PGA Championship in 2022 to Drumpf’s course in Bedminster, N.J. The same course will host the USGA’s U.S. Women’s Open this July.
If respect for the office of the POTUS is kicking in now, and you don’t want to play “politics,” like the PGA boss said, then how about playing ethics? In what universe is it right for a president who won’t stand down from his business interests to benefit very, very hugely from golf majors at his properties?
Rocco Mediate, the defending champion of the Senior PGA, is all buddy-buddy with the president, we hear.
For kicks, I just tested the thesaurus in Microsoft Word for “asshole.” It came back, “We didn’t find any similar words.” I can find some. Like, “Trump.” Rock on, Rocco.