Cleveland Clinic Yanks Mar-A-Lago Fundraiser

Bloomberg reports:

A leading U.S. hospital pulled its annual fundraiser from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, reversing course after initially resisting pressure from health professionals and others over the president’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal budget dollars to medical research.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold the event there after “careful consideration” of a number of issues. It didn’t elaborate. “We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years,” the clinic said.

The letter said the hospital’s support for the Trump Organization was unacceptable “because it symbolically and financially supports a politician actively working to decrease access to healthcare and cut billions of dollars in research funding from the National Institutes of Health budget.”

The fundraiser brought in about a million dollars annually at Mar-A-Lago for the last eight years.

  • Tawreos

    It took way to long for them to decide to pull it.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Nazi” is proving a handy escape hatch for people who wanted to GTFO of entanglements in the Trumpiverse.

      Thing is, it’s a very limited time offer.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    This is where he needs hurt the most; His finances.

    • TrueWords

      Making money is the only thing Trump wants to do while being President..

      • bambinoitaliano

        While being a human. Cause that’s the only skill he has as a scam artist.

  • MBear

    And all it took was a str8 white girl to be murdered

    • Todd20036

      No. All it took was the nearly universal backlash of a straight white girl being murdered by a bunch of Nazis that did it.

      It really wasn’t the murder itself.

  • JohnMyroro

    The Cleveland Clinic is a questionable medical organization, with some paramedical nonsense mixed in with actual medical treatments. Google it.

  • Randy Ellicott

    Well they will probably make more money if its hosted somewhere else, that way they wont be paying the hiked up charity pricing at trumps properties…

    • Bluto

      This is what I am thinking. Just how much does a swanky fundraiser like this cost. More than the million or so they clear?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        I find it hard to believe Mar-A-Lago is the bestest place to hold a top-shelf fundraiser in Palm Beach.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Not to mention that is the perfect excuse response for the people Who will inevitably complain about this as an attack against Trump; It’s more cost effective, and will put more money into the charity’s coffers.

      • Nowhereman

        This is a good example of why presidents are supposed to divest themselves from their businesses and put their money into a blind trust. I remember the hue and cry from the republicans about Jimmy Carter’s peanut farm. Now they’ve got Trump at the head of their party, making money on us hand over fist and costing us a fortune in security and travel cost for him and his large extended family. And what do republicans have to say about it all? Nothing.

    • justme

      But how will littl Donnie pay off his Russian loans..
      Vlad is so uspset about the welching on his special presidential hacks he did for him

      • Nowhereman

        I think he’s planning on giving Alaska back to Russia to settle his debts. I mean, he’s the king, right?

        • Michael White

          It includes Palin too doesn’t it

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I’m all in then!

    • JerryRich

      I’m pretty sure that changing the location will loosen up the pocketbooks of wealthy liberal donors.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Yup. I don’t get the math. They only get about a million dollars of donation for an event hosting in an over priced dump of a place.

  • JWC

    and a disparaging tweet in 3..2..

  • Jonathan Smith
    • another_steve

      “Cleveland Clinic made bad mistake. Very bad. People won’t go to them anymore. False medicine.”

  • Tawreos

    Why is the Cleveland Clinic holding a fundraiser in Florida instead of in Cleveland where they are?

    • Gustav2

      They also raise money nationwide, they have patients from the whole country and many from overseas.

      2016–17 Best Hospitals Honor Roll
      Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
      Cleveland Clinic
      Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
      Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
      UCLA Medical Center
      New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
      UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
      Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
      Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
      NYU Langone Medical Center

      https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2016-08-02/us-news-announces-the-201617-best-hospitals

    • SoCalGal20

      They have a major facility in Florida as well.

    • Rex

      The Cleveland Clinic is big here in Northeast Ohio, but there’s probably bigger money to be made outside of Cleveland.

      • Tawreos

        I know they are big in the this area, I just didn’t know they had a Florida facility as well.

      • Duh-David

        Outside the government, largest employer in the state of Ohio.

    • Dagoril

      Doctors and Billionaires prefer spending money in swanky resorts?

      • Rex

        That doesn’t explain Mar-A-Lago. Unless you mean white trash swanky.

  • John Ruff

    Fuck trump

  • Octavio

    You hit folks over the head often enough and they finally get it.

  • netxtown

    What? NOW they cancel when the public is all frenzied up? Other than the overt outbursts – donnie hasn’t changed one single bit! Or maybe their fundraiser participants said ‘fuck trump’.

    • JWC

      like so many cockaroaches on the floor when the light comes on Scurry and Scatter

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      What has changed is his now very apparent support for Nazi’s and their ilk (not that people of reason hadn’t already seen it), companies will face backlash now that it is so overt they can’t ‘splain it away

  • Truth is every single organization and company that does business with ANY Trump Org entity needs to be protested and shamed. And if necessary, boycotted.

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    I’ll be curious to see how many more cancellations for Mar-a-lago events will start coming in. It’s really bad optics for any company to support any of Lord Dampnut’s ventures.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Did you all hear that? That sound you heard…that was Pine on Skull.

  • Max_1

    How do you spell a White Supremacist’s compound?
    Mar-a-Lago

    • Lumpy Gaga

      My Fed teat has a first name,
      It’s M-A-R

    • tonyg

      Mar-Gulag-O

      • stuckinthewoods

        Mierda-loco

  • S1AMER

    Businesses, charities, individuals — you’re known by the company you keep, so stay the hell away from anything Trump if you want to keep your reputation.

  • Max_1
  • EdmondWherever

    A playground for billionaires, and all they could cough up was a million per year?

  • FAEN

    Annnnd let the “I’m being persecuted”, “you’re all being mean to me”, “no other POTUS has faced this level of bullying ever” whining and wailing continue.

  • netxtown

    YIPPEE! the entire trump brand – from missy to grandpa – is toxic.

  • another_steve

    I’m organizing a “Pin the Tail on Jared’s Tuchus” fundraiser for the LGBT movement.

    More details to follow.

    • Tawreos

      I thought you just wanted to pin his tuchus?

      • another_steve

        I share.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      That’s not a “pin” your holding….

      • another_steve

        Well, “pin” has been one of the kinder descriptors used by my sex partners in the past.

        feeling embarrassment now…

    • FAEN

      I’d like to pin a sign on his tuchus-

      ‘Jared & Ivanka-Jews who love Nazi’s’

    • UrsusArctos
      • another_steve

        Jared is too busy to unfollow people.

        He’s making himself pretty at the moment.

        • madknits

          Jared may be pretty, but he’s still a momser.

          • another_steve

            Lol.

            Love to you for “momser,” babe. πŸ˜‰

        • UrsusArctos

          You’re such an amazing well of hope springing eternal! HUGS ;D

  • Max_1
    • Ruh-roh!

    • SoCalGal20

      πŸ™‚

    • Tulle Christensen

      but his emails …..

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      I’ll believe it will change anything when it actually changes something….

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Bah. Trump borrows $300mil. for breakfast.

      • Jonathan Smith

        and declares bankruptcy before lunch?

      • Tulle Christensen

        no more now the taxpayers pay for it

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Secret Service golf cart rentals cover the interest.

      • Todd20036

        Hell, I have more than that in my wallet right now!

    • Karl Dubhe

      Ten scandals and Nixon’s cumming, he’s finally not alone.
      This summer we heard the drumming, one dead in Charlottesville.

      Gotta get down to it, lawyers are putting out lies.
      Trump shoulda been done long ago.

      • Nowhereman

        Very well done. And the original song–OHIO–brings tears to my eyes still.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Yepth… Wish I’d not been inspired to redo that tho…

    • I don’t know exactly how reliable the ‘Washington Journal’ is, not having heard about them before, but this could be legit.

      We all know that in 2008, the real estate market was melting down. Trump’s entire fortune is tied up in RE. And this SoHo project was a big part of it, with Donald as usual “bigly” overextending himself.

      My only question/quibble/concern is I’m not clear on where a RICO-level crime was committed here.

      • Tomcat

        Something is going to be happening REAL soon.
        Watch for trump and company to beat the war drums.

        • The situation does feel…imminent. Could be very good or very bad, depending on what happens in what order.

          If he decides to try to “wag the dog,” I find myself hoping Mattis responds with, “No, Mr. President, I will not comply.”

        • The_Wretched

          I’m waiting but not holding my breath. Stuff will happen when it happens.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “Whistleblower” bought a lawsuit because he didn’t get bonuses; reveals in the process that Sater was the company’s Mystery Felon. (Will he be dreamy? or a dud?)

        The allegation is that the Trump family knew he was a felon and decided to keep it in the family.

        • RemusL

          Supposedly the same folks behind Occupy Democrats are also behind Washington Journal.

      • jerry

        RICO charges are because of bank fraud…they were hiding the ownership/involvement of Sater, who already had felony convictions, from the banks when borrowing. If they disclosed his ownership, no loans.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      But HER emails!

  • Blake Mason
  • Tomcat

    It never should have been scheduled there in the first place, Trump has been an asshole for years, did not just become one.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Tomcat

      How can the simple animals get along and humans never will?

      • Jonathan Smith

        higher brain functions.
        make of that what you will…..

        • Tomcat

          I say LESS religion to interfere with being kind.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Yeah, this is what the Internationalist conspiracy WANTS you to see.

        They won’t tell you about the memes gone horribly wrong.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Money!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          How much are they PAYING that dog??

      • another_steve

        Because non-human animals behave in an uncontrived, spontaneous and natural way. They don’t have egos and expectations that get in the way of their happiness and fulfillment.

        To the extent that we humans also behave in uncontrived, spontaneous and natural ways, we too get along.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: Sanity break. This just dropped today from PMJ. The girl’s got some pipes!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojbFSARiN14

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Thank you. That did help.

    • CanuckDon

      Love seeing and hearing new covers of theirs weekly and really enjoy seeing some past American Idol contestants gaining back some recognition of their great vocal talents.

      • PickyPecker

        I enjoy PMJ very much. The arrangements are always interesting and tend to showcase the vocalists instead of overpowering them.

        • Ginger Snap

          Yes I love PMJ also and I got to see them live about a year and a half ago. If they come to where you live go see them it was an amazing concert.

    • Ken M

      Uh…yea….TY

    • This is the song I turn to when I’m totally overwhelmed. This song is a one off for me, its quiet, and thoughtful, but when its total overload frazzle, this is what my poor iphone plays, at times for hours.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPxnMjTM_Do

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Six million Jews, eight million dollars…

    Oy, these prices!

  • AtticusP

    Good. I hope this keeps happening at all of the Trump properties. If his cash flow is damaged enough, he won’t be able to make his payments to the Russian mob.

    Then the golden shower tapes will come out, and much else besides.

  • Wonderful graphic. H/T our host Joe for retweeting it:
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/898181087016431616

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Action-reaction; progress-conservative backlash!

      • Todd20036

        Which is why even the argument of “but it’s history” is fake.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          It’s more like histrionics.
          >> exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention.

        • JWC

          “knee jerk’ history

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Wish I remembered more from philosophy class on Hegelian dialectics and various Indian forms: Jain dialectic, Buddhist dialectic.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Dumpf: What could go wrong when a bunch of doctors and surgeons, and a bunch of fine nazis get together? Cleveland Clinic doctors are losers!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Mar-A-Lago, where Nazis and Despots come to play.

  • BearEyes

    How much was there to consider?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Good. Trump may be a horrible President, but he’s an astronomically worse businessman. Hit him where it hurts.I hope the Trump brand is destroyed forever.

    OT, but health update. They thought I was having an allergic reaction and gave me 2 new meds. Now I am worse, more hive/rash/wtf things, they are redder, they are so fucking itchy I want to eat one of my guns to the point that I’ve actually scratched and opened them up and they are all bloody.

    Why is 2017 trying to kill me? Between my health, accidents, surgeries, legal issues (defense attorney is an asshole from hell), financial issues, and now MORE health issues on top of the health issues that are on top of the health issues, I have no idea how I’m holding on

    I’m just ranting.

    • Jonathan Smith
    • Gregory B

      I’m sorry you are going through a hard time. Here’s something that could cheer you a bit: make a voo-doo doll of Trump. Stick needles into it everywhere. Big ones. Throw it across the room. Throw it into the fireplace if you have one. Burn it. Regardless of my advice, I do hope you feel better soon.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        You just made me laugh and you put a smile on my face. I don’t know if it’ll help but it was a moment of happiness. Thanks.

        • Gregory B

          My pleasure.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Ptui. Modern e-voodoo: selfie your sores, bumps and carbuncles, then photoshop them onto Donald’s face and ass.

        We’ll keep an eye out for any itching.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      The picture you posted sure looked like a nasty allergic reaction.
      Have they given you some kind of anti-histamine to help with that?

    • bJason

      Love and light, Rebecca.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Yeah, you don’t want to do the itchy-scratchy thing in case it IS staph. Did they give you an antibiotic?

      And I agree w/ DV – your original pic looked more allergy-ey than staph-y, but I’m no Dr.

      Not even a Frist.

    • You’re not just ranting, hon, you’re hurting. If it’s this bad, please get yourself back to the doctor.

      (((((hugs)))))

    • PickyPecker

      Hang in there, RG. Sounds to me as if the new meds aren’t working together well for you. Best to get the Doc on the phone and chat.
      If you have a tub you can soak in, consider an Epsom salts soak. That may take some of the itching down.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Sorry to read that. If you need to keep a sore clean consider chlorhexidine, as in surgical scrub. An easily available brand is Hibiclens. We’ve found it helps things heal.
      Deodorant makes me itch so I wash with it. I add it to mouthwash (homemade Periodex). Kills odor causing bacteria in workout gloves, sneakers…but we also do use if for what it’s intended, like cleaning your sores.
      Good luck to you.

    • If you are itching that badly, it has to be an allergic reaction. Get thee to an ER and get that wonderful thing called an epinephrine shot. It works wonders, and if the dose is high enough to stop the reaction in its tracks, tomorrow you will feel as if you’ve been hit by a bus. But you won’t itch, wont be wanting to remove your skin, which in my books is a very good thing!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Make Trump Bankrupt Again.

  • barrixines

    OT The Generalitat has confirmed 13 dead and 50 injured in BCN πŸ™

    • PickyPecker

      Is there a hostage situation still ongoing?

      • barrixines

        i can’t work it out. One of the suspects has been arrested – a guy from Marseilles who was known to the police already.

      • safari

        A caller into MSNBC who was sheltered in the restaurant next door to the one with the hostage situation was informed that the hostage situation had ended by the owner of the restaurant she was in. Whether or not that is the case, I’m not sure.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Er, “The hostage situation has ended” could go in two ways……

          • safari

            The implication is that the hostages were released.

        • barrixines

          The Spanish news doesn’t seem to be covering that story but according the BBC the police here have denied that there is a hostage situation

    • Silver Badger

      Mercy! That is indeed horrible. I hope all of the survivors have a quick recovery.

      • barrixines

        Though it happened here in Spain, this will affect a lot of countries as it is highly likely that the vast majority of people killed and injured will be tourists.

  • Nowhereman

    Good. More, please.

  • Jeffg166

    Twitter storm in 3, 2, 1.

  • bkmn

    Never should have been there in the first place Cleveland Clinic. I used to respect you as an institution.

  • 3 hours to condemn the Barcelona attack immediately as an act of terrorism.

    48 hours to condemn the Charlottesville attack as “violence on both sides.” He has yet to call it an act of terrorism, despite the similarities in methods. Then a day later, he condemns Nazis and white supremacists in what looks to most like a hostage video. And 24 hours after that, he goes on an unhinged rant where he clawed back the previous day’s denunciation and then blames the counter-protesters, falsely claimed they did not have a demonstration permit, and spouts the usual Klan lie about Confederate statues honoring traitors being morally equal to those dedicated to AMERICAN founders and heroes.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/898243270169563136

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      The last three words – we love you – are a **LIE**.
      Dumpf does not love anyone but himself.

      • Truth.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Dumpf is a narcissistic psychopath, so love for others is impossible. His nazi brain does not have the circuits.

          • More truth. I seriously doubt he’s ever experienced actual love, whether giving or receiving it.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            He does have an odd kind of love for Putin.
            Probably more envy than love.

          • JWC

            Ask his children..They fear him

          • Todd20036

            I think there’s more than enough proof that Melania feels absolutely nothing towards him

      • TampaDink

        Except for Ivanka.

        • And I’m not sure that is love, but nothing more than old fashion incest lust.

          • TampaDink

            Probably so.

    • Lazycrockett

      this we love you shit is just fucking weird.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        In a creepy, pervy kind of way….

        • barrixines

          It is – it’s the kind of declaration of love that is normally followed up with “But if you tell anyone about it Daddy will have to go to prison.”

      • TampaDink

        I suspect that this same thought is in the head of his 11 yr. old kid.

      • BobSF_94117

        He had a momentary lapse and thinks Franco is still in charge.

      • The_Wretched

        It comes off as sarcastic.

    • TampaDink

      Why didn’t he blame “both sides”?

    • Todd20036

      Ah, but does he condemn the terror on both sides? Does he think some of the terrorists are good people?

    • Cipher

      It took three hours for him to absorb that these “Spanish People” are white. “We love you!”

    • edrex

      how long before he realized that spain is not part of mexico?

  • coram nobis

    Meanwhile, this week’s cover from The Economist:

    http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/64/53/02/13807750/3/920×920.jpg

  • JWC

    O/Thas there been any comment, denounciation , compliance from McConnell or Ryan on Trumps remarks

  • david fairfield

    They should expect a biting tweet anytime now…..”Whoever cancels an event at my very good club will be banned from coming back ever and I have some very good people who would be glad to book their event. There is a very long waiting list of people who want to do their event believe me.” Or something.

    • Jonathan Smith

      too many words spelled correctly

      • JWC

        how many words in a tweet? I am NOT a tweeter

        • Jonathan Smith

          140. neither am i, actually.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Perfect balance of simple monosyllables though.

    • coram nobis

      How about the Daughters of the Confederacy?

      • david fairfield

        LOL!

  • ByronK

    OT – The man is clearly not mentally fit to hold office. I can’t believe he tweeted this…

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/898254409511129088

  • coram nobis

    Has anybody checked Donald for this disorder?

    http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Shark-die-offs-11824169.php

    It enters by the nostrils, wiggles upwards through olfactory pathways and plants itself in the brain. Once invaded, victims can’t be treated and will most certainly die.

    The parasite is called Miamiensis avidus, and it’s the pathogen most likely responsible for this year’s mass die-offs of several Bay Area fish species.
    — lede

    • Octavio

      This little organism (and amoebas like it) are serious danger for those jumping in the hot springs along the road along the north side of Lake Mead. Is not joke.

      • coram nobis

        Indeed, and the leopard shark die-off is going to harm Bay ecology.

        I’m just wondering what’s squirming around in Donald’s cranium?

        • Octavio

          I suspect his brain is just a carnival of kiddie porn.

      • William

        Every few years, someone dies from this after a swim in a Texas lake in the summer.

    • William

      Nah, he’s outlived the incubation period.

  • ETownCanuck

    Why would it have been held there anyway? Shouldn’t the Cleveland Clinic be holding it IN Cleveland??? I’m sure their economy could use a million dollars more than Mar-A-Sinkhole.

    edit* NM, I googled it and discovered they own clinics in Fla. as well, so now it makes more sense. To an unknowing Canadian it looked as though a Hospital Foundation from Cleveland just wanted to take a wee vacay

    • Thank you for googling it. I thought the exact same thing!

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/898256398609526784

    This shit isnt true. This shit never happened. This shit is a lie.

    • Tulle Christensen

      I don’t know what Pershing did to Radical Islamic Terrorists, but I do know what he did to Nazis

    • That’s right, it’s a lie. A LONG debunked lie commonly circulated among white Christian supremacists.

      It is also another demonstration of Trump’s ignorant bigotry that he thinks extrajudicial executions and the debasing of corpses would do anything but create more angry would-be terrorists.

      Plus he’s fucking nuts.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        And God help him that day he gets mistaken for the pig.

    • zhera

      ‘Study’, he says. Like he has ever done any such thing. Bannon or someone told him this fantasy and now it’s gospel truth for Donnie.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        ‘Study’, he says.

        Things you hear from stupid people.

      • William

        My father is the same way. He hears something from someone and then it becomes fact. There’s no arguing against his “facts”.

        • JWC

          Or as my dad would do .Hear 2 or 3 stories take fragments of each and weave an irrefutable fact

          • William

            Mine does that too. If makes conversation interesting when nobody has any idea what he’s talking about.

          • JWC

            Just a hint of truth to sort of make it somewhat credible Our dad’s were failing It sounds a bit like Trump , what’s his excuse

        • zhera

          I had a facebook friend who is the same way. I dumped that moron when she posted this:

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03f0ee3854dfb21c36da3aaf4666626251679e4425acab45f3a37f55a727b6e8.jpg

  • bambinoitaliano
    • William

      Oy.

  • TrollopeReader

    Gosh, I tweeted them about that last night !! good for them !!

    (*and some other tweet got acted on this week, as well!) yay !!

    Hope all are well, I’ve been trying to enjoy some sunny days here on The Cape !!

    • grada3784

      Now I have to watch this again.

      Thanks a lot!!!!

  • dcurlee

    Please let these hits keep coming. Also please let Trump keep running his dumbass mouth

  • JCF
  • Dale Snyder

    The Cleveland Clinic – my health care provider!

    YAAAAAAAAAAAS!

  • Blobby

    I am surprised the Clinic did this. Last week they put out a statement saying they wouldn’t move it…..and their soon to be ex-CEO is such a Trump supporter I’m surprised he was swayed. Though he won’t be there in 2018, so maybe it was a board decision. But Toby Cosgrove (CEO) also refused to resign from Trump’s business council.

    Here’s how much of a douche Cosgrove is: at a fundraiser where Scott Hamilton was honoree…….he called Hamilton the – and I quote – “bravest man I ever met”. Cosgrove was a medic in the Vietnam War, and the bravest man he ever met had a fucking orchiectomy……….at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • leastyebejudged

    It’s amusing to me all these shady af companies and “not for profits”, you’d think people would connect the dots, but no.