It may be the “Winter White House.” It may be a cushy Florida resort where the rich and powerful congregate. And it may even be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite places on Earth. For those reasons, Mar-a-Lago can be one attractive place to hold an event — be it a wedding, gala, or fundraiser.
But Mar-a-Lago’s majesty, on its own, hasn’t been enough to untangle it from controversy. That controversy, as you might have guessed, has its origins in the resort’s owner, Trump. While relatively few people outside of Florida knew about Mar-a-Lago before 2016, it’s become Trump’s Southern base of operations. He’s spent many weekends there, and he’s also spent a lot of taxpayer money there, too.
Recently, the president’s rhetoric and behavior have cost him business at Mar-a-Lago. After divisive comments in the wake of white nationalist rallies and counterprotests in Charlottesville, Virginia, a number of large organizations canceled planned events at his Florida resort. Among them are some very recognizable and high-profile names. Others, smaller in stature, were also swayed to spend their money elsewhere. So far, more than 20 in total have pulled out, but more could in the future.
Here are 10 of the biggest organizations that have decided to dump Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s Charlottesville comments. And no, it’s not #FakeNews.
1. American Red Cross
- From the official statement: “It has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees and supporters.”
The American Red Cross was set to host its annual fundraising event at Trump’s resort, but following his remarks it pulled the plug. Here’s the meat of its reasoning: “The Red Cross provides assistance without discrimination to all people in need, regardless of nationality, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or political opinions, and we must be clear and unequivocal in our defense of that principle.”
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