Donald Trump's support for white supremacy is hitting him where it hurts: his bank account.
Donald Trump’s full-throated endorsement of white supremacists after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, has cost him money, potentially in the millions, as multiple charities pull out of hosting events at his properties.
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.”
The paper notes that groups can pay “between $125,000 and $275,000” for a night at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort that he has used tax dollars to showcase throughout his presidency. Trump has described the resort as the “Winter White House.”
With the cancellations so far on the record, Trump may be out anywhere from $2.1 to $4.6 million.
“These departures have had a serious impact on a major line of business for the president’s club,” the Post notes.
The Unicorn Children’s Foundation — which advocates for children with ADHD, dyslexia, and other conditions — is one such charity that canceled its event in response to Trump’s statements. A spokesman for the group said 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.”
Not even eight months on the job, Trump has already become a pariah, engendering an unprecedented level of animosity in a short time on the job. Corporate America, which has historically been supportive of Republican presidents, has rejected him, pulling out of advisory boards and condemning his language equivocating between hate groups and normal citizens.
Trump can’t even attend the Kennedy Center Honors, because he fears public backlash. By contrast, former President George W. Bush attended the ceremony in 2008, the year he collapsed to a 25 percent approval rating.
Trump is already flirting with breaking Bush’s low mark, with his approval dropping as low as 34 percent, and he shows no signs that he is interested in or even capable of improving. President Barack Obama never polled as low as Trump or Bush in his two terms in the White House.
Americans, particularly groups representing and advocating for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, want nothing to do with Trump. He is toxic and left preaching only to a hateful choir, even as it hurts his own bottom line.