BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Critics of President Donald Trump protested against him literally on his own turf, with a dozen of them wearing shirts with anti-Trump slogans while on the grounds of Trump National Golf Club.
Several peaceful demonstrations during the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open were capped by a stance from three women and a man wearing violet-colored shirts that said “USGA: Dump Sexist Trump,” looking directly into Trump’s skybox just after he arrived late Sunday afternoon.
They represented the women’s rights organization UltraViolet, which had petitioned the U.S. Golf Association to move the championship from the Trump-owned course in light of vulgar comments he had made about women. A day earlier, UltraViolet members and Trump supporters had demonstrated at a nearby public library, which had been designated the First Amendment protest area.
But protesters took an extra step Sunday, having bought tickets to attend the tournament. The UltraViolet members stood silently, looking toward the presidential box, after Trump arrived to loud cheers from supporters.
“We don’t want to distract the golfers. They’re underpaid as it is,” said UltraViolet consultant Melissa Byrne, adding that she was certain she caught Trump’s eye when she motioned to her own eyes and pointed toward…
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