Trump’s comments on Charlottesville white supremacist protests cause charities to cancel gala events at Mar-a-lago resort.
Even before last week, Mar-a-Lago was facing an unusually slow season. It had only 16 galas on the schedule for next winter, as compared to 21 in the year before, and 26 in its best year.
Then, after the president’s comments about Charlottesville, there was a new wave of cancellations, beginning with the Cleveland Clinic Florida on Thursday.
Others canceling galas or dinner events include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Leaders in Furthering Education, the Palm Beach Zoo, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County. More from the Washington Post here.
Entire committee of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigns due to Trump’s hateful rhetoric.
The New York Times is now reporting all 16 of the prominent artists, authors, performers and architects on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned on Friday, the latest group to protest Donald J. Trump’s defense of white nationalists after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Trump, the committee members blasted his “hateful rhetoric,” and they apparently even encoded a message: The first letter of each paragraph and “thank you” spells out “resist.”
“Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” the letter says. “The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.”
President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired
CNN Politics is reporting President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials told CNN Friday.
A source told CNN that Bannon was given the option to resign but was forced out. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Bannon’s departure but did not say whether he was fired or resigned.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.
Historians dispute Trump’s claim Trump National Golf Club is situated on historic section of river crossing known as ‘The River of Blood’ in Potomac River.
The plaque, which is attached to a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!” More from Rolling Stone here.
President Trump has been exposed as a known pathological liar. Does anyone really believe this ridiculous claim?
The president perpetuates more lies in Charlottesville attack — media exposes the truth!
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. . . . You had a lot of people in that [white nationalist] group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know — I don’t know if you know — they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit.”
— President Trump, remarks during a news conference on infrastructure, Aug. 15, 2017
In blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville that left one person dead, President Trump twice asserted that the people protesting white supremacists and neo-Nazis lacked a permit, unlike the groups that gathered to protest the possible removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.