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President’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments on Charlottesville White Supremacist Violence Have Cost Trump Over $1 Million



$1.1 Million – and Likely Much, Much More

President Trump’s remarks equating neo-Nazis and white supremacists with the people protesting them and their rally, his claim there was violence “on many sides” and later, placing blame on “both sides” is costing him. Bigly.

According to The Washington Post‘s David Farenthold, who tracks several of the ways Trump has been using his position as president to make money, 18 charities have canceled fundraising galas at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida since Trump’s offensive remarks. That number has doubled in just four days.

Here’s one of his tweets of his now-famous pads:

“In the past seven days — since President Trump said there were ‘fine people’ among those marching in a violence-plagued ‘Unite the Right’ demonstration in Charlottesville — the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has been deserted by 18 charities that planned to use its ballrooms for fundraisers,” Farenthold, in an article written with Drew Harwell, reports.

“Those charities are key customers of Trump’s club: They can pay as much as $275,000 for a single night’s revelry. They also are an important marker of prestige in Palm Beach: When big galas are going on in Mar-a-Lago’s ballrooms, the island’s elite must come to Trump, gathering at a club that doubles as his home. Even as president, Trump has reveled in this role: He has dropped in to glad-hand and address the crowds.”

(MSNBC puts the number of cancellations at 19.)

According to the Post, the charities pay between $100,000 and $275,000, and reports that “lowball numbers yield an estimate of $1.1 million in revenue that Trump’s club could have expected” from 14 lost events.

It does seem the number could easily be much higher.

In recent years, Mar-a-Lago has run profits between $4 million and $8 million, according to documents the club filed in court in Florida,” Farenthold notes. Those numbers are profits, not total revenue, and include other revenue streams, like membership fees.

The Post lists some of the charities that have canceled, and notes some may or may not be getting their deposits returned:

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,  the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, and Gateway for Cancer Research.

Additionally, the Post reports several non-profits have canceled luncheons, which can mean “$24,000 to more than $80,000″ each for Mar-a-Lago: Bethesda Hospital Foundation, Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, MorseLife, Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, and Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Two non-profits are sticking with Trump: The Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Palm Beach County Republican Party.


Ninth Non-Profit This Week Cancels Mar-a-Lago Event Following Trump’s Charlottesville Response

More Non-Profits Cancel Mar-a-Lago Fundraising Galas Over Charlottesville Response, Costing Trump Bigly

Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Costs Him Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars as Charities Cancel Mar-a-Lago Galas

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Demonstrating ‘The Depth of Power She Has Over Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter



Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, Politico’s Rachael Bade explained that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s overwhelming desire to become the leader of a Republican Party-dominated House has put him at the mercy of the demands and whims of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

As the plans for the 2022 midterm elections ramp up, and political prognosticators are saying a GOP House takeover is highly likely, McCarthy’s path to staying leader is not certain with the far-right wing of the party balking at just handing the California Republican the gavel.

As Bade explained to CNN’s Christi Paul, Taylor Green is just now starting to feel her power over McCarthy grow.

“What is the takeaway for Kevin McCarthy?” Paul asked. “Particularly, I have to point out that after last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene said she tweeted that she got off a good call with him. spent time talking about problems not only for the country. ‘I like what he has planned ahead.’ Two different — two different points of view from her and in a 24 to 48-hour period. What do you make of that?”

“Look, I think Kevin McCarthy has a really long year ahead of him,” Bade suggested. “You’re right, the midterms are far away. That vote for him to become speaker is a long way off, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is just starting to realize the depth of power she actually has over Kevin McCarthy.”

“This is a man who has wanted to be Speaker for a decade,” she continued. “He needs her vote, he needs her support in order to get the gavel. I think what you’ll be seeing for the next few months, for a year, anytime Kevin McCarthy does anything to infuriate Marjorie Taylor Greene or infuriates [Donald] Trump — they’re going to be lording it over his head.”

“He’s got this real bind right now, he’s going to be in this pickle for a very long time,” she later added.

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Fauci Warns: ‘It’s Not Going to Be Possible to Keep’ Omicron ‘Out of the Country’



The World Health Organization addressed the new COVID-19 “variant of concern” Friday night, naming it “Omicron” and issuing an ominous warning about the future.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the statement said. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant.”

Omicron was initially referred to as B.1.1.529.

Earlier on Friday, the European Commission issued a similar warning and proposed that its member countries activate the “emergency brake” on travel from countries in southern Africa and other affected countries to limit the spread of the variant, The New York Times reported.

Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, said Omicron has 10 mutations and many more entry points than the highly contagious Delta variant.

“All air travel to these countries should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s executive arm, said in a statement. “And travelers returning from this region should respect strict quarantine rules.”

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the following governments have halted or restricted flights from South Africa to try to curb the spread of Omicron: Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the travel restrictions would “buy us some time” and that “it’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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Wallace Skewers Christie for Trying to ‘Save’ the GOP and Favoring Fox News



MSNBC news host Nicolle Wallace skewered former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while he was promoting his book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”

“Is bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?” Wallace asked.

“No, but that’s the third section of the book where I talk about the movement forward. In the second portion of the book, we talk about the conspiracy theories and the truth-denying that went on with things like Qanon, Pizzagate, the election situation, John Birch Society… that’s what I talk about. There’s two sections of the book and I’m sure you’re conflating them,” Christie answered.

“I’m not conflating them,” Wallace said. “I don’t think it’s an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News.”

During the interview, Wallace also asked Christie if he thought former President Donald J. Trump gave him COVID-19. He denied naming Trump specifically in the contraction, but ultimately said he didn’t know who gave it to him.

See below for how Twitter has responded to the interview, which originally aired Tuesday night, and also to the news of Christie’s potential run for president in 2024.

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