His name is Stephen Ross. He’s reportedly worth over $7 billion.
He owns the Miami Dolphins. Hard Rock Stadium. A multi-billion dollar real estate development firm called The Related Companies. Equinox Fitness health clubs, along with SoulCycle, PURE Yoga, Blink Fitness, and The Yorkville Club. He lives in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, which his company developed. His real estate company is one of two developers in charge of the redevelopment of 28 acres in and around Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, known as the Hudson Yards project. And he owns RSE Ventures, a sports, entertainment, media, and marketing firm.
In 2008 Jared Kushner’s NYC-based newspaper The Observer published a list of “The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate.” It named Ross number three.
Kushner would go on to become Senior Advisor to the President and Donald Trump’s son-in-law.
Ross this weekend is holding what will be a multi-million dollar fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
And many are furious the billionaire is supporting a president more and more Americans are saying is racist, a white nationalist, and a white supremacist.
Entry to the uber-exclusive fundraiser in The Hamptons starts at $5,600. Tickets go up to $250,000. Those willing and able to pony up a quarter million dollars to donate to the re-election of modern America’s most racist president will be able to memorialize their support of white supremacy with “a photo and a private roundtable with the president,” The Washington Post reports.
The LGBTQ community is calling for a boycott of Ross’ elite business, especially Equinox Fitness and Soul Cycle, which are popular among some gay people.
“Heads up, gym bunnies. Yet another brand we consume in our vast, daily practice of capitalism has been implicated into the problematic views of billionaires,” OUT Magazine‘s Fran Tirado reported Wednesday afternoon. “Time to think about ethical consumption, fitness gays!”
Tirado points to this Instagram post that’s received nearly 1000 likes in the past 24 hours:
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The Advocate’s Daniel Reynolds reports that news outlet’s Facebook page in under an hour “had filled with dozens of calls for a boycott of the elite exercise brands” after their report was posted.
The social media pages of Equinox and SoulCycle are also bearing the backlash.
“My membership and my husband’s are DONE here in Chicago if this fundraiser goes on. No way I’m paying all that money towards that monster or anyone who supports him,” one Facebook user wrote on Equinox’s page.
“You’re about to lose another member 😡 shame!” wrote another.
“Dear Equinox,” yet another user writes, “The fundraiser on Friday in the Hamptons for Trump must be canceled. Trump is a racist who spreads hate. Support for him is unacceptable. If the fundraiser proceeds, I will cancel my membership.”
There are many more:
People on Twitter are equally outraged at SoulCycle:
— Mark (@ChicagoMarkA) August 7, 2019
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) August 7, 2019
To the #lgbtq community and allies: see above. How many of you will have the courage to withhold your $ from the owners of your gym/soul cycle? You give money to these men, you find Trump’s anti-gay policies. It’s actually that simple. @HRC @glaad @PFLAG
— jimmy williams (@Jimmyspolitics) August 7, 2019
— adrienneelrod (@adrienneelrod) August 7, 2019
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) August 7, 2019
DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’
The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.
Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.
"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.
The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.
‘She’s your damn senator’: Emerson College blasted for leaving Elizabeth Warren out of 2020 poll
Emerson College was blasted for leaving their own senator out of head-to-head matchups in their latest nationwide poll.
The poll showed four candidates with double-digit support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) measured at 29%, former Vice President Joe Biden was at 22%, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg was at 14% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came in at 12%.
But the poll did not even test Warren in head-to-head matchups with Trump.
Amy Klobuchar shredded for trying to relate to union audience by saying her ‘name in Spanish class was Elena’
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) met with Culinary Union members in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday night during the CNN town hall for her opponents. The Culinary Union is made up of the over 60,000 hotel housekeepers, bartenders, restaurant and casino workers, and others who make up the backbone of the entire city. Many members are Spanish-speaking and people of color, yet it was still puzzling why Klobuchar began her speech with a bizarre anecdote.
According to Culinary members and reporters present, she began by saying, "My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena."