As charities (finally) cancel their fundraising events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort, it's not just his self-proclaimed "Winter White House” that’s feeling the heat. Trump's Bedminster resort, the New Jersey golf course where he'd been vacationing these last few weeks while the White House was being renovated, has lost a client, too. The local United Way chapter has canceled their own event at the golf resort, and they're not shy about saying why.
“United Ways in every community denounce racism, bigotry and prejudice in all forms. We strongly reject the divisive worldview of groups like the white nationalists and neo-Nazis that incited the violence in Charlottesville, VA,” United Ways of Monmouth and Ocean Counties said in a Facebook post.
In the meantime, the exodus at Mar-a-Lago continues.
The Unicorn Children's Foundation, based in Boca Raton, said it would move a planned “Fashion Show Luncheon” to another venue, but did not say which one. The group explained its decision with a statement saying “We are not a political organization and do not condone hatred or bullying on any 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,” said Sharon Alexander, the group's chief executive, in the statement.
It turns out that coming to the defense of torch-wielding white supremacists and people chanting Nazi slogans is, in fact, a bad business decision. Business schools and corporate leaders should probably write that down somewhere and make a note of it, because it really feels like something that should be added to the textbooks.