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Republicans and Democrats proportion first-hand accounts as pro-Trump helps stormed the Capitol.

USA TODAY

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump inspired his supporters to by no means settle for defeat, then watched as masses of them stormed the U.S. Capitol and rampaged in the course of the halls of Congress, later pronouncing, “We adore you, you’re very particular” to these concerned within the fatal and appalling assault.

On Thursday, Corridor of Popularity golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Participant stood with Trump on the White Area to simply accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They most likely had been the primary outsiders to be with Trump on the White Area for the reason that reprehensible violence simply 16 blocks away.

Sorenstam and Participant, broadly thought to be paragons of sportsmanship and honor of their sport, didn’t cancel on Trump. They didn’t be aware the horror that had taken position on his watch and make a decision that Thursday wasn’t a suitable time to have fun with him on the White Area. They didn’t care concerning the gravity of the location, concerning the calls from political leaders to take away Trump via impeachment or the 25th Modification.

No. They willingly selected to simply accept an award from Trump and be observed with him an afternoon after his phrases and movements introduced some of the shameful incidents in U.S. historical past.

Annika Sorenstam, now 50, is known as a trailblazer within golf.

Annika Sorenstam, now 50, is referred to as a trailblazer inside golfing. (Photograph: Phelan M. Ebenhack, AP)

There will likely be those that say Sorenstam, who used to be born in Sweden, and Participant, from South Africa, can select to simply accept an award from Trump on every occasion they want. This is true. What’s extra, Sorenstam used to be an ardent supporter of Trump’s failed re-election bid, retweeting Jack Nicklaus’ multi-paragraph endorsement of Trump within the days earlier than the 2020 election.   

However Sorenstam and Participant don’t simply constitute themselves. They constitute all of golfing, a most commonly lily-white recreation that has struggled for many years, to its proceeding detriment, to draw girls and other people of colour – simply as Trump, a creature of the sport, has denigrated the ones exact same other people.

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As representatives in their sport, and as industry individuals who receive advantages very much from it, their reputations are sullied, ceaselessly. Sorenstam and Participant now will likely be hooked up to Trump at this terrible time in our country’s historical past, ceaselessly. They’ll be referred to as the individuals who had the risk to gracefully counsel any other day may well be higher to have fun golfers on this country – golfers, for heaven’s sake – they usually refused to take action.

That they had not anything to do with the rise up of the Trump mob on Wednesday, in fact, however they fortunately become Trump’s Thursday equipment. They celebrated with him as our country mourns what he has wrought.

A 3rd golfer, the overdue Babe Didrikson Zaharias, additionally used to be venerated via Trump. That is only a bet, nevertheless it’s exhausting to imagine the robust, mythical, groundbreaking Babe would have allowed herself to have the rest to do with that terrible guy.   

Whilst Participant, 85, who as soon as supported his country’s racist coverage of apartheid earlier than later denouncing it, is an comprehensible Trump best friend, Sorenstam’s involvement with Trump is perplexing. She is without doubt one of the largest girls to ever play the sport. Now 50, Sorenstam is referred to as a trailblazer for enjoying in a males’s PGA Excursion match, the Colonial, in 2003, enduring sexist name callings from a few male gamers whilst drawing massive crowds and acquitting herself reasonably neatly earlier than lacking the minimize.

When she retweeted Nicklaus’ endorsement of Trump, I texted her a query:

“How do you reconcile Trump’s terrible report on girls – bragging and joking about sexually assaulting girls (“Get admission to Hollywood” tape), calling the Democratic VP nominee a ‘monster,’ being accused of sexual attack or sexual harassment via no less than 26 girls, and so forth. – whilst being a lady who has cast a fantastic occupation across the problems with inclusion for ladies and treating girls similarly and moderately and with admire?”

She by no means answered. On Thursday afternoon, I texted once more, this time to mention I’d like to speak to her about accepting the Medal of Freedom an afternoon after the grim rampage of Trump supporters on the Capitol. She didn’t answer.

It seems that the rite for Sorenstam and Participant used to be now not open to the click. There have been no footage instantly to be had. The development used to be principally held in secret.

In fact, it used to be held in disgrace.

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