US president Donald Trump is facing fierce backlash following his response to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend, which left one person dead and dozens injured. Now Mar-a-Lago, the president’s swanky Palm Beach, Fl. resort, is feeling the repercussions.
A dozen charities with plans to host events at Mar-a-Lago have cancelled after Trump’s now-infamous comments blaming the Charlottesville violence “on many sides” and calling out the “alt-left,” rather than immediately denouncing protestors as white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and domestic terrorists, as many of his colleagues in Congress did.
The Washington Post (paywall) reports that Mar-a-Lago often pulled in hundreds of thousands of dollars for events similar to the ones being cancelled.
It’s been a rough week for the US president, who has seen a series of recent defections. He’s shuttered two councils and scrapped plans for a third after CEOs, union leaders and business leaders left advisory positions in droves. He also lost the entirety of his arts council in one scathing—and clever— letter.
Below is the full list of charities which have dropped out of Mar-a-Lago events as of this writing, and what they have to say about it.
Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
“We have an unyielding commitment to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world,” the zoo’s president said in a statement today. “After thoughtful consideration by Zoo leadership, we have decided it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture.”
The American Red Cross
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