A charity for children with special needs has pulled out of hosting an event at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, joining a cavalcade of groups to abandon him in the wake of his pro-racist comments.
A foundation advocating for children with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and other conditions is pulling its event from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, further isolating the unpopular figure as he becomes a presidential pariah.
The Unicorn Children’s Foundation told the Washington Post they “do 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.”
“Due to the political turbulence associated with this choice of venue it would be a disservice to our supporters and our children to hold our event at Mar-a-Lago,” the organization declared.
And this repudiation is just the latest in a parade of such moves from many other organizations.
As Trump’s full-throated defense of white supremacists began dominating headlines from coast to coast and his administration became further tied to violent hate groups, numerous organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, the Palm Beach Zoo, and Susan G. Komen For the Cure, have abandoned Trump’s Florida resort.
And the United Way canceled a charity event that had been scheduled for the Trump National Golf Course in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
“We strongly reject the divisive worldview of groups like the white nationalists and neo-Nazis that incited the violence in Charlottesville, VA,” the group noted in a Facebook post.
“Based on recent events we have decided to relocate our upcoming event from Trump National Golf Club,” the statement continued.
Mar-a-Lago had already faced an exodus before Trump’s offensive tirade, with only 16 charity galas on their schedule for the winter, down from 21 the year before, and 26 in their best season.
These rejections are also hurting Trump’s personal bottom line (he has not divested from his hotels and resorts, as previous presidents have). Tim Sandoval of the Chronicle of Philanthropy has estimated that Mar-a-Lago “is one of the more expensive venues” for such events, and that charities have spent thousands to do so, anywhere from $33,000 to $500,000.
At the same time, hosting events at Mar-a-Lago gives organizations access to wealthy would-be donors in the Palm Beach area, and can lead to huge donations. In his research, Sandoval found that several events there “raised more than $500,000,” with one group bringing in $4.5 million at an event.
So the decision to take a stand against Trump has financial consequences. But he has gone so over the top, so far beyond the realm of acceptable presidential behavior, that he is being rejected by these charities anyway, much the same notable and public way as corporate America has done in recent weeks.
Trump is becoming increasingly toxic, and even Republican politicians are following the rest of the country in moving away from him. The inner circle is shrinking, and the list of people he can count on to be “yes” men and women is getting shorter and shorter.
Trump’s pariah presidency is in full effect.