More groups cancel events at Mar-a-Lago amid Charlottesville backlash

During a recent press conference, Trump also insisted that many of the Charlottesville rally-goers, who were armed and chanted anti-Semitic Nazi-era slogans, were "good people."
By Dan Taylor | Aug 22, 2017
Concerned about President Trump's remarks over the weekend in which he blamed "both sides" for the violence at the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally that left one counter-protester dead and many injured, a number of charity and non-profit organizations have decided not to hold their planned events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

During a recent press conference, Trump also insisted that many of the Charlottesville rally-goers, who were armed and chanted anti-Semitic Nazi-era slogans, were "good people."

On Friday, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Susan G. Komen became the latest groups to cancel their fundraising events at Mar-a-Lago, bringing the number of cancellations to eight, according to The Washington Post.

Three other organizations cancelled large event plans at Mar-a-Lago Thursday: the American Cancer Society, the American Friends of Magen David Adom, and the Cleveland Clinic.

Philanthropist Lois Pope, head of the Lois Pope Life Foundation and Leaders in Furthering Education, said she had instructed the foundation's board of directors to find a venue other than Mar-a-Lago for its December event.

"The hatred, vitriol and Anti-Semitic and racist views spewed by Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists are repugnant and repulsive," Pope said, in a written statement. "And anyone who would demonstrate even a modicum of support for them by insisting that there are 'good people' among them is not deserving of my personal patronage or that of my foundations."

The Unicorn Children's Foundation said it is "currently exploring other options" for its scheduled September luncheon at Mar-a-Lago, the Post report said.

Even the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, which has held its "Renaissance Dinner" at Mar-a-Lago since at least 2008, said the group will now go elsewhere.

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