Last week, an “anonymous environmental activist collective” defaced one of the President’s private golf courses in Rancho Palos Verde, California, claiming offense with the Trump Administration’s perceived “disregard” for the environment and threatening further action. This act, which caused roughly $20,000 in damages, is the first time a US golf course affiliated with the President has been targeted; other Trump properties have been vandalized in the past.
- On March 12, group members scaled a fence to access the Rancho Palos Verde course and carved six-foot-tall letters into a green that stated “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS” before reporting their actions to the Washington Post via video message. Three days later, environmental and anarchist websites publicized the incident.
- In October 2016, protesters spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” and “no justice, no peace” on President Trump’s hotel in Washington, DC. That same month, an individual destroyed President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California.
Environmental rights extremists are not active in New Jersey because grassroots organizations here take an active role in environmental issues, reducing the perceived need for violence and criminal action. New Jersey is home to three Trump National Golf Clubs—in Bedminster (Somerset County), Colts Neck (Monmouth County), and Pine Hill (Camden County)—and the Trump name has been licensed to other properties, such as the Trump Plaza Residences in Jersey City (Hudson County). To date, there have been no reported incidents of suspicious activity at any of these properties.
- We continue to encourage the reporting of suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.