Business Is Down At Trump's Southern California Golf Course
Revenue at Donald Trump's Southern California golf course has dropped by 13% since Trump entered the presidential race in June 2015, according to the Washington Post. The Post received the figures from the city government.
Located on Pacific cliffs in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Trump National Golf Club is about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Trump reopened the course in 2006 after purchasing it for a reported $27 million.
The property has been a target for a number of anti-Trump actions, including a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted brunch at the club's restaurant on Christmas Eve. Environmental activists vandalized the course in March, and a flash mob used their bodies to spell out "resist" in May.
According to the Post's extensive research, it's not just golfers who are side-stepping the once busy club. There hasn't been a single wedding held at the club since November (before the president began his political career, the club averaged 17 weddings a year) and city-issued permits for filming there have also seen a substantial decline.
"That was absolutely one of the responses we were hoping for, we'd like to see all of his businesses completely shut down," Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter organizer Melina Abdullah told LAist. "He's making money off this presidency, and we'd like to see him hurt financially because of his policies."
The Post reached out to four Trump Organization officials with questions about the club; only the president's son responded.
“David [Fahrenthold]— please stop reaching out to me. Thank you,” Eric Trump wrote in an email.