A Donald Trump piñata is on display at a workshop in Reynosa, Mexico. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)
All Donald Trump has done is speak in perfect inflammatory English about his views on Mexican migrants. And all anyone wants to do in return is pound him like a piñata on Cinco de Mayo.
Think of all the greens keepers, chefs and other key staffers who keep the Trump National Los Angeles golf course and luxury restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes functioning as a thriving business – and the ones who could never afford to play the course or eat at his table. They proudly classify themselves as Latino, Hispanic or Mexican-American and have been gainfully employed by The Donald.
How proud they must also be to have their very own gatekeeper say such flattering things in hopes that it catapults him into becoming the President of the United States next year.
You may wonder: At what point did Donald Sterling morph into Donald Trump, or are they actually the same cat coughing up different furballs?
In the latest triumphant move against Trump’s stumping for the Republican Party’s Commander in Chief nomination, as reported in today’s Los Angeles News Group, the Galaxy Foundation has pulled its annual charity golf tournament from Trump National, even though the MLS franchise has been successful in the past there raising money to benefit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. It continues a trend of companies and individuals trying to distance themselves, make their own statements and run to higher ground as Trump’s tongue continues to tie up his business dealings.
The next step? It seems far too easy.
The PGA of America has to seriously do the same with its Grand Slam of Golf scheduled for October at the Trump estate. Along with it, yank the PGA Junior League Golf Championship set to happen as the lead-in event. And put him on notice that they’re about to rethink the 2022 PGA Championship that’s scheduled to be played at his self-named New Jersey course.
Just don’t expect it to happen this Fourth of July weekend. Golf moves slowly, methodically, cautiously. On the course and in the boardrooms. It can gracefully give Trump a mulligan for things he’s said, knowing all he’s done to keep their sport viable at a time when the Tiger Woods Effect is closing more courses than it once built in the last 20 years.
They know that for all his business sense and his bluster, Trump has a freedom of speech that can play into his favor as the media continues to document his every insane word. And he carries the threat to sue his way back into upholding business contracts that have been broken.
Did he not anticipate some kind of calculated blowback when he referred to Mexican migrants as those who are criminals, rapists and drug smugglers? Does he believe he’s more fearless than the sport of golf when continued remarks to the Golf Channel this week that the golf world is giving him “tremendous support” because “they all know I’m right.”
It all plays into his game (whether he plays fairly or not, which is another topic).
He added: “I have Mexicans and South Americans working for me all over the country and believe me, they love me and I love them. I think they’re great. I’ve had great support and I haven’t heard one negative thing and frankly I don’t expect to.”
Then he’s not been listening.
Or, frankly, could we have at least expected the PGA of America, the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and USGA – all partners with him — to offer up more than just a mealy-mouth joint statement that they “feel compelled” to say Trump’s words “do not reflect the views of our organizations” and are “inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf”?
Probably not. Even if more affirmative action is presumably warranted.
Consider golf’s measured steps of the past. How long did it take the Augusta National Golf Club to finally admit a female member? it still hasn’t hosted a women’s event. How long did it take the PGA Tour to allow a physically disabled player to get an exemption for an electric cart?
The game that values sportsmanship and self-regulation of rules – written or otherwise — still can’t put the pencil to the scorecard until it fully gauges how its sponsors will react. That’s just how business, and life, really works.
You can be upset with Trump’s comments about immigration. You can also know that recent stories have also pointed out how land barons like Trump, who owns more than a dozen courses around the world, is also causing huge environmental issues with how they maintain their properties.
If the Grand Slam of Golf happens at Trump this fall, you can decide whether or not to support it. And Jordan Spieth, who has already qualified — twice — can decide whether or not to boycott it.
Meanwhile, before an act of God pushes the 18th hole back into the Pacific as it once did on the RPV Trump track, consider a better way to spend the $280 green fee that’s currently required for a round on this public course. Why pay that price, and then have another three sleeves of balls go missing into a nature preserve that really isn’t equipped to have any kind of presentable golf course there in the first place. Continue reading