President Trump faced something different while attending the U.S. Women's Open at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. — a tiny and polite protest.
In fact the three women and one man wearing purple t-shirts reading, "USGA, Dump Sexist Trump," simply stared at the president once he arrived a little after 3 p.m and then gave up less than an hour later to get some ice cream, according to the White House pool report.
It didn't appear that Trump, wearing a campaign "Make America Great Again" hat and who also attended Saturday's tournament, saw the protesters, apparently part of the Ultra Violet group, who arrived with tickets.
A few Trump supporters in the crowd made comments like, "Look at what they look like," and to media following the four, "Is the Clinton News Network here?" a reference to CNN.
Below are the three White House press pool reports on the Trump visit:
Date: July 16, 2017 at 3:14:16 PM EDT
Subject: Bedminster 7/16 pool report #5
POTUS arrived at the club in a black SUV at 3:11 pm.
The president is wearing a suit with no tie and a red "Make America Great Again" hat.
He waved to the crowd, clapped and pointed, as the crowd cheered.
He entered the glass-enclosed viewing booth alongside the 15th hole a minute later.
H.R. McMaster is also in the viewing booth.
Date: July 16, 2017 at 3:20:49 PM EDT
Subject: Bedminster 7/16 Pool report #6
Four protesters wearing purple t-shirts that say "USGA: Dump Sexist Trump" are standing outside the viewing area staring in silence at the president.
The protesters appear to be associated with the group UltraViolet, as it says that on their shirts.
Several police officers are standing next to them. But as of now, they are not being removed.
Event staff checked their tickets. All four of the protesters have tickets.
The president waved at the crowd and mimed a golf swing, but didn't seem to acknowledge the protesters.
Some members of the crowd gently heckled the protesters. But for the most part, everybody was polite.
Date: July 16, 2017 at 3:36:03 PM EDT
Subject: Bedminster 7/16 pool report #7
Melissa Byrne, one of the protesters, said the group is indeed affiliated with UltraViolet.
"We wanted to look him in the eye," Byrne said.
Several guests at the club were annoyed with the protesters' presence. One woman yelled, "look at what they look like" at the group of three women and a man wearing the "dump sexist Trump" shirts. Another scolded the reporters who were talking to the protesters, asking, "is the Clinton News Network here?"
Date: July 16, 2017 at 4:23:13 PM EDT
Subject: Bedminster pool report: protesters disperse
POTUS came to the edge of the transparent viewing box at 4.05pm, and looked out on supporters and the four Ultra Violet protesters, who by this point were no longer being blocked by security staff. If he saw them, he didn't acknowledge them. Protesters and supporters of the president continued to coexist relatively peacefully, with only occasional jibes and attempts by people wearing Trump hats to photobomb them, which protesters didn't oppose.
At 4:12 pm, after a genial conversation with the chief detective of Somerset County about their plans, protesters left the area near the president's box and went to buy ice cream from a concession stand near the exit. Police officers kept an eye on them from a distance — apparently for their own wellbeing as much as anything else.
Since they've been gone, the president has come back to wave and engage with supporters again.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org