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Protesters And Supporters Vie For President Trump's Attention At The Women's Open

Fresh from his trip to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day, President Trump decided to pay a visit to the U.S. Women’s Open at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. President Trump also brought along one of the younger members of the Trump family, his grandson, 3-year-old Joseph Trump.

Even though some of the world’s most talented female golfers were out on the 15th green, the audience was fixated on President Trump, who was watching the golf on televisions screens inside a “glass-enclosed viewing platform.” Scores of spectators willingly turned their backs on the Women’s Open, watching President Trump meet with family and advisors, eat snacks and chat with guests.

While he mostly ignored the crowds of oglers, President Trump occasionally turned around to acknowledge the observers and bask in their support, waving at astonished spectators and giving a thumbs-up to people with Trump hats or clothing. After Trump mimed a golf club swing, the crowd erupted in cheers and clapping. One woman was so emotional about seeing the president that she burst into tears, yelling: “I love you!...I voted for you!”

Although he had plenty of time to unwind during the Bedminster proceedings, President Trump wasn’t able to fully relax, meeting with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his son, Donald Trump Jr., who are currently fighting damning allegations of collusion with Russian lawmakers. Nevertheless, despite the ongoing Russia investigation, President Trump didn’t seem overly bothered, smiling with his family and joking around with the guests in his viewing platform. After laughing with prominent Norwegian golfer, Suzann Pettersen, Trump stunned the crowd by giving the golfer one of his distinctive ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball hats.

Unsurprisingly, the president’s presence also brought a small contingent of anti-Trump protesters to the event, assembling outside the course to demonstrate against the Golf Association’s decision to hold the prestigious event at a Trump-owned Golf Club.

Another group of protesters from UltraViolet, an anti-sexism activist group, had bought tickets to the Women’s Open, using the high-profile event as a platform to criticize President Trump. The small group stood outside the president’s viewing platform and displayed their purple shirts, which read: “USGA: DUMP SEXIST TRUMP." One of the activists, Melissa Byrne, spoke about UltraViolet’s aims at the Women’s Open, saying: "We're here to make sure we're represented…We wanted to be able to look him in the eye."

The UltraViolet protesters received a mixed response from spectators, with some taunting the activists while other expressed their support. President Trump was clearly unfazed by the activists, tweeting: “Thank you to all of the supporters, who far out-numbered the protesters, yesterday at the Women's U.S. Open. Very cool!”

Several of the competing golf players have spoken out about being distracted by the constant noise from the crowd around Trump. However, the U.S. Golf Association was unworried by such concerns, releasing the following statement: "Our focus remains on conducting the championship and ensuring a great experience for the players and fans this week.”

Source: Independent Journal Review, ESPN
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