The major golf organizations are likely to want a mulligan after a shamelessly tepid response to Donald Trump’s racist remarks about Mexican immigrants.
But then again, golf has always been a bigoted sport. And still is.
That joint statement issued Wednesday by the LPGA, PGA Tour, PGA of America and USGA — who are all connected to Trump via tournaments — insisted the organizations don’t share Trump’s inflammatory views on immigrants.
Trump, a New Jersey icon, has put his name on 18 courses worldwide, including one in Bedminster, N.J., which is scheduled to host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2022 PGA Championship. The USGA, which awarded the Women’s Open to Trump, is headquartered in Far Hills, N.J.
The Spineless Four said they have a “strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” but failed to say whether they would take action against their openly racist partner.
The statement is, frankly, laughable.
Here’s what they’re committed to: Issuing weakly-worded, attorney-washed statements that poorly feign indignation while protecting a narrow-minded billionaire they’re in bed with.
But if Trump’s remarks about Mexican “rapists” weren’t enough, he also doesn’t believe golf should be inclusive. So, he spits in the faces of the LPGA, PGA Tour, PGA of America and USGA there, too.
Before entering the race, the GOP presidential candidate told Fortune magazine in February that golf should be for the rich elite.
Trump wants a limited number of courses (his, of course) with exorbitant greens fees that would naturally drive up the cost — and price regular folk out of the game.