President Donald Trump’s contention that there are “very fine people” marching with white supremacists and neo-Nazis may not be doing significant damage to his standing in electoral polls, but the backlash is playing hell on the president’s wallet.
On Thursday, the Bethesda Hospital Group canceled a luncheon at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, FL, making it the 18th group to cancel an event at a Trump property.
According to Share Blue Media, since Trump badly bungled the administration’s response to white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville, VA and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, charities have been pulling out of hosting their events at his properties in a veritable stampede.
“A week ago, the renowned Cleveland Clinic announced it was canceling its 2018 fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, and The Washington Post reports that the number of charities that have abandoned Trump is now 17, all coming after Trump described white supremacists and neo-Nazis as ‘fine people,’” wrote Oliver Willis, who filed before news broke about the Bethesda group.
With groups routinely forking over $125,000 to $275,000 to host a gala at the so-called “Winter White House” and other Trump resorts and properties, the president is potentially out anywhere from $2.1 to $4.3 million.
Days ago, the Unicorn Children’s Foundation — which advocates for children with learning challenges like ADHD, dyslexia, autism and spectrum disorders — canceled its annual benefit, which was scheduled to be held at Mar-a-Lago.
The group issued a statement that said, it does not “condone hatred or bullying on any level as our kids have dealt with the pain of being called different on a very personal level.”
Other charities that have canceled events to be held at Trump properties include the United Way, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Palm Beach Zoo and more.