The day after three major philanthropic organizations announced they were pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, pressure was mounting for other non-profits to follow suit.
And the platform of choice for that pressure? Social media, including Twitter, which Trump himself uses on a daily basis to reach out to supporters and castigate opponents.
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Several national charities including Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit in the fight against breast cancer, the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army were under fire on Twitter for maintaining plans to hold fund-raising events at the club next year.
Many users tweeted messages calling on the groups to relocate those events, pointing to the president’s off-the-cuff, combative and controversial news conference on Tuesday at Trump Tower.
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In a testy exchange with reporters, he reiterated his view, which he initially voiced on Saturday, that “both sides” were at fault in the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., sparked by marches by neo-Nazis and white supremacists last weekend. Those marches, in particularly, featured anti-Semitic chants of “Blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”
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Some opposing the charity’s presence at Mar-a-Lagoused the hashtag #RacistForTheCure, a reference to Komen’s annual Race For The Cure events, to put pressure on the group to change venues.
“Have the breast cancer grifters over at @SusanGKomen cancelled their gala at Mar-A- Lago yet? #RacistForTheCure,” one tweet read.
Local non-profits, including the Palm Beach Zoo and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, were also targeted on Twitter for plans to hold events at Mar-a-Lago.
“@KravisCenter If you’re not against the #nazis, you’re WITH the Nazis, Move #MaraLago event,” one person wrote.
The linkage of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and Nazism are a particularly sharp rebuke of the performing arts center decision to hold it’s event at the president’s club.
The Kravis center’s roots go back to the Palm Beach Country Club, created by Jewish residents of Palm Beach who were excluded from other private clubs.
In a 2014 interview with the Palm Beach Post, Kravis backer Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. recalled why club members decided to donate to the performing arts center in honor of Raymond F. Kravis, an Oklahoma oil man and Palm Beach Country Club member.
Every year, club members would go around asking other members to donate to their causes. And every year, Kravis would contribute generously, Dreyfoos said.
“But Kravis never had his own cause,” Dreyfoos said.
So when the time came to name the center, “they named it for him,” Dreyfoos said. “They wanted to reciprocate.”