It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy:
An 18th charity has pulled its event from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate since his controversial remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month.
The Palm Beach Habilitation Center will no longer hold its annual Hab-a-Hearts luncheon at the president’s property in Palm Beach, Fla., the Palm Beach Daily News reported Sunday.
“We’ve decided to move because we want to keep the focus of the event on our mission, which is to help adults with physical or mental challenges live the best lives possible,” the group’s CEO David Lin told the Daily News.
Why did they, and those 17 other groups, feel the focus would be elsewhere if they held their events at Trump’s estate? Well:
The local charity becomes the latest in a long list of charities that have pulled their events from Trump’s estate since his remarks on the violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last month, in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump asked. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
Twenty-four charities in total have pulled their events from the estate so far this year, according to the Daily News, including major nonprofits like the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Mar-A-Lago will likely lose millions from all these event cancelations. How tragic.
Some of our favorite Twitter responses:
— Wes Jordan? (@wesley_jordan) September 5, 2017
Any charity should pull out from Mar-a-Lago and use one of the many hotels/motels in Palm Beach County pic.twitter.com/wwLpBG8RHh
— Erick Seltzer (@seltzer_jr) September 5, 2017
Bigotry is expensive. A total of 24 charities have pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago so far this year. https://t.co/tf81ZJazHo
— Sylvan Swanson ✊? (@ATXmetalgod) September 5, 2017
— BumbleBee (@BumbleB50014957) September 5, 2017