Activists vandalized a Donald Trump golf course early Sunday morning in dramatic fashion. The stated purpose of their efforts: Protesting the president’s environmental policies.
Per a Washington Post report, an “anonymous environmental activist collective” illegally entered Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes with gardening tools in hand to carve “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS” into the green of the fifth hole.
The motivation for the unauthorized, Tiger Woods pun-related gardening, according to the group: The Trump administration’s “blatant disregard for the environment.” Trump plans to cut the EPA budget by 25 percent and his agency leader, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change skeptic.
“If our King Puppet really wants to ease the strain of immigration, why not make this world more livable for our neighbors, reduce the imperative need for any person to have to bundle their lives into a bag and flee their homes under duress,” an unsigned statement from the group reads.
Eyewitness News was able to reach one of the activists regarding the vandalism.
“It’s a protest piece against Trump’s administration’s handling of our environmental policies,” the anonymous individual said. “He’s been very aggressive in gutting a lot of the policies that we’ve had in place for a very long time. We felt it necessary to stand up and go take action against him.”
The mystery group member also added that they chose the fifth green because it is “the most picturesque” spot on the golf course. There are some high production values in the video below from the group cataloguing the turf scraping.
Doubtful they had the rights to the flyover shots in the intro. Doubtful, too, that the group was immensely concerned about the intellectual property implications given their attitude toward private property. Also, from a vandalism perspective, gouging the green is infinitely more damaging than fairways, and certainly it’s an impressive (albeit illegal) achievement in coordination.
Vandalism is wrong from any direction you look at it. These activists could have made their point in a much more constructive way, than destroying property that isn’t theirs. Consider the Muirfield “vandalism” from a few weeks ago. There ARE better ways to protest but in the moment, anything seems better than nothing.
This is not the first time vandalism has been associated with the new POTUS: