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Lincoln Project to Trump-supporting PGA: Rethink your strategy and stay off our list


Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. is scheduled to host the 2022 PGA Championship. The Lincoln Project is suggesting the PGA of America think again about that decision.

Following the Trump-fueled insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold pondered this question Thursday on Twitter:

After Charlottesville, many of @realdonaldtrump ‘s big customers fled. But a few remain, notably the @PGA — which is hosting a major championship at Trump Bedminster in 2022. We’re talking to those remaining biz partners about how (or if) they’ll react to yesterday.

The Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson saw the tweet and tagged Steve Schmidt, another Lincoln Project founder. Schmidt, a Republican who worked on campaigns for President George W. Bush and Arizona Senator John McCain, quickly put the PGA on notice via Twitter:

@PGATOUR @ProjectLincoln Free advice is worth what you pay for it. Nevertheless, here is some for the PGA. Cancel all business partnerships with the Seditious and Un- American Trump Organization. @Fahrenthold. We have a long list. It’s best to stay off of it.

Trump owns 17 golf courses, including three in New Jersey: Trump National in Bedminster, Trump National in Colts Neck and Trump National in Philadelphia (which actually is in Pine Hill).

In July, the New York Times reported that in 2018, Trump asked Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, to get the British government to pick the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland as a host for the British Open.

Johnson was appointed by Trump in 2017, and he is still owner of the Jets. Johnson’s younger brother, Christopher, has served as acting Jets owner since then.

Trump, by the way, avoided the spotlight Thursday by quietly awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to noted golfers Babe Zaharias (posthumously), Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player. Trump previously awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

(NJ Advance Media’s Chris Ryan contributed to this report.)

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