Protesters descend on Trump’s Bedminster golf course at the U.S. Open


Protesters descend on Trump’s Bedminster golf course at the U.S. Open
  1. Protesters descend on Trump’s Bedminster golf course at the U.S. Open
    dailyrecord.com
    Most protests against President Donald Trump took place over the weekend far from the grounds of his Bedminster golf course, which hosted the U.S. Women’s Open C…
    New Jersey (NJ)

Most protests against President Donald Trump took place over the weekend far from the grounds of his Bedminster golf course, which hosted the U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

But that changed on Sunday.

Nearly a dozen members of SOMA Action, a six-month-old group from South Orange and Maplewood, arrived near Trump’s skybox behind the 16th tee. But after seeing that they might cause a distraction for the golfers, the protesters rerouted to a concession stand up the road.

The women then revealed the phrase on their white shirts: “THIS IS NOT NORMAL” on the back and “RESIST!” on the front.

One member of the security detail who appeared bothered by the protest walked in front of the women to make it more difficult for anyone shooting a photo or video to make out the words. But hesoon relented. There was no other noticeable reaction from the 1 p.m. lunchtime crowd to the protest, which lasted less than five minutes.

SEE ALSO: Frelinghuysen helps blaze 9/11 trail in Randolph

The women held miniature copies of the Constitution at one point, and one waved a small American flag.

“We’re here because it is not normal for the president of the United States to also be the head of a giant corporation and profit off his business entities,” said one SOMA member, who declined to identify herself. “He did not release his tax returns, which is not transparent and is not fair to the people of the United States.”

A law enforcement officer and the women engaged in a friendly chat afterward. He politely asked what was written on the shirts, then kidded that the protesters might not want to demonstrate the “resist” side when officers were present.

The women responded that they felt safer in the officer’s presence. One woman noted that she was a fellow union member, adding, “I like cops.”

SEE ALSO: PETA animal-testing protest targets Morris pharmas

He smiled, and said, “Be good,” as he walked away.

“We’re nice people.” one protester said as they parted.

Some of the Essex County protesters seemed mildly intrigued by the golf spectacle, but one complained, “That’s the worst $25 I’ve ever spent.” The women left before 1:30 p.m.

The SOMA website says the group is “not affiliated with any political party or other political group” and that all current members share “commitments to nonviolence, diversity, participatory democracy, and taking immediate political action.”

Other protesters waited to make their presence felt until after Trump showed up at his skybox behind the 16th tee around 3:15 p.m. — the third straight day at the tournament for the first president to attend a U.S. Open.

Four protesters with UltraViolet — a women’s advocacy group — wore purple T-shirts that said “USGA: Dump sexist Trump” and stood outside the viewing area, staring in silence at the president.

The police in the area did not engage the protesters as Trump waved to his supporters and performed a golf swing minus a golf club.

“We wanted to look him in the eye,” said Melissa Byrne, one of the protesters.

The protesters drew attention from media and other people in the crowd. As they began giving interviews, some other people began to voice their frustrations and jeered at both the media and protesters.

“What have you lost? They always say they’re afraid, but what are they afraid of?” said Victoria K. of Harding Township, interrupting an interview with one of the protesters.

“I’m an Asian-American immigrant and I feel like the country is better than ever,” she said. She declined to give her last name to reporters, saying that “fake news” would twist her comments.

For the most part, the demonstration was kept peaceful, with security officers standing near the action in front of the viewing booth.

“I think that this was an appropriate way to stand up for women. It’s been peaceful,” said Julia Ackerly of Philadelphia, who was with the advocacy group.

“We know that Trump knows this is happening and that we’re not going to be quiet on issues that affect women,” Ackerly said. “I’m happy that he got to see us today.”

Some youngsters were particuarly amazed that the president of the United States saw them, as he waved in their direction and they waved back.

One was Priya Lewis, 11, of Pittstown, who remained wide-eyed minutes later.

“It’s crazy!” Lewis said.

Some spectators registered their disapproval of the protesters.

A White House pool reporter said one woman yelled, “Look at what they look like” at the group of three women and a man wearing the “Dump sexist Trump” shirts.

Trump at one point looked out at his supporters and in the direction of the UltraViolet protesters, but it was not clear if he noticed the…

  1. Ocean City American Legion Auxiliary Plans Fall Fashion Show

    Ocnjdaily.com - Ocean City
    07.25 / 04:23 ocnjdaily.com
    The members of Ocean City’s American Legion Auxiliary Fashion Show Committee are counting down the days until their October 15th event featuring clothing by Chico’s and Tommy Bahama. This annual fall show and luncheon will be held at The Flanders Hotel to benefit the Legion’s Building Fund. Tickets are $40 per person. Doors open at 11 am. The group recently held a planning meeting to discuss the event and begin accepting donations of new or never used items for the auction wagon, such as co…
  2. Mount Olive eatery manager charged with illicit sex with teenage worker

    Dailyrecord.com - Morristown
    07.25 / 03:15 dailyrecord.com
    Manager of a fast food restaurant in Mount Olive accused of having sex with a teenage worker at a motel in the…
  3. Ex-doctor admits having loaded rifle on Chatham Twp. street

    Dailyrecord.com - Morristown
    07.25 / 03:15 dailyrecord.com
    Morris County Assistant Prosecutor has recommended a three-year prison term for an ex-doctor who had a loaded rifle on Susan Street in Chatham…
  4. I Fell for a Phishing Email, and the Law Couldn't Help Me

    Njlawjournal.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.25 / 01:48 njlawjournal.com
    Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your…
  5. Dashcam video released of police killing of suspect in A.C.'s Walk

    Pressofatlanticcity.com-NJ
    The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office released dashboard camera footage of the March 2014 police-involved shooting death of Antoquan T. Watson, who led police on a 7-mile chase that ended in a hail of g…
  6. Do Law Firms Enable Alcoholism?

    Njlawjournal.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.25 / 00:50 njlawjournal.com
    A culture of work-related drinking persists in many places in Big Law—and that can cause problems in a profession that is especially prone to heavy d…
  7. About 20 flat tires caused by Route 80 pothole

    Dailyrecord.com - Morristown
    07.24 / 23:25 dailyrecord.com
    A large pothole near Exit 37 in Rockaway caused at least 20 flat tires, said NJ State…
  8. Gun, drugs and burglaries: July 24, 2017 Trentonian Police Blotter

    Trentonian.com-NJ
    07.24 / 23:15 www.trentonian.com
    The information below was provided by police unless otherwise noted.Robbinsville Gun Bust: Daryne Ligon, 32, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of hollow-point ammunition during an investigation on New Canton Way. Drugs and Driving: Liam Murdock, 27, of Liberty, NY, was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of marijuana and a toxic chemical during a traffic stop on Route…
  9. Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey calls residents 'hoodrats' in video: WATCH

    Trentonian.com-NJ
    07.24 / 23:15 www.trentonian.com
    TRENTON >> The city's top law enforcement official was captured on camera making a statement that some people view is as damaging as the N-word.Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. called residents "hoodrats" last year in a video obtained by The Trentonian from a source."There's a lot of kids out here," Parrey says in the footage from a police body camera that was shot on…
  10. Thunderstorms Leave Thousands Without Power

    Wpg1450.com - Atlantic City
    07.24 / 22:51 wpg1450.com
    The storms also contained heavy rain, with nearly five inches falling in Washington Township in Gloucester County, and over four inches in Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island, according to the National Weather Service. Continue…
  11. Teen Catches Shark Off Coast of Sea Isle City

    Wpg1450.com - Atlantic City
    07.24 / 22:51 wpg1450.com
    A teenage young man brought in more then just "a catch" when fishing in Sea Isle City this weekend. Continue…
  12. Ocean City Baseball Star Suffers From Broken Neck Just Weeks Before College Career

    Wpg1450.com - Atlantic City
    07.24 / 22:51 wpg1450.com
    On July 20th, Matthew Fumo, a recent Ocean City graduate and stand-out baseball player on his way to play in college, was swimming with friends in Ocean City when tragedy struck. Continue…
  13. This is What Started the Largest Wharton State Forest Fire in 10 Years

    Wpg1450.com - Atlantic City
    07.24 / 22:51 wpg1450.com
    Thunderstorms started and ended a fire inside Wharton State Forest that burned for five days. Continue…
  14. Another National Retailer is About to Open a Store in Mays Landing

    Wpg1450.com - Atlantic City
    07.24 / 22:51 wpg1450.com
    A vacant store in Mays Landing is about to become the home of a national retailer. Continue…
  15. A confident Clint Frazier is keeping Ellsbury on the bench

    App.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:48 app.com
    Jacoby Ellsbury became a $21 million per year pinch-runner over the weekend, while Clint Frazier pressed his case to remain in the Yankees’ l…
  16. APP Hockey Classic: Southern's Conrad brothers set for emotional return to ice

    App.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:48 app.com
    They thought it was all over in February, but the 3rd APP Hockey Classic provides Southern Regional's Conrad brothers one last game…
  17. Little League: Your insider's guide to the 2017 NJ State Tournament

    App.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:48 app.com
    Four teams from four different sections of the state are vying for the right to be called state champions. Follow the tournament right…
  18. Rebimbas returns to his Seton Hall roots

    App.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:48 app.com
    After a long and successful D-3 coaching run, the former Pirate joins Tony Bozzella's staff. Shakena Richardson is on board…
  19. Notre Dame's Farrell works out for NBA scouts as senior season looms

    App.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:48 app.com
    Notre Dame's Farrell works out for NBA scouts as senior season…
  20. This is what started the largest Wharton State Forest fire in 10 years

    Nj1015.com - New Jersey (NJ)
    07.24 / 22:45 nj1015.com
    The fire continued to spread northeast of Basto Village inside Wharton State Forest until it was discovered at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday by an observer on a fire tower. Continue…