Thousands Demand Charities Call Off Galas at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate

Thousands of people are protesting two major medical fundraisers scheduled to be held at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this month.

The first, on Saturday, February 4, is the International Red Cross 2017 Ball, a gala that is poised to be met with more than a thousand protesters who say the charity’s humanitarian mission conflicts with Trump’s authoritarian first week in office. Another five thousand have also registered their interest in the march, which will go from Trump Plaza to Bingham Island to greet the gala’s fireworks display.

“The Red Cross is dedicated to alleviating​ human suffering,” the organizers write on Facebook. “If Obamacare is repealed, it will be a disaster; 30 million Americans will be left suffering without health insurance….Let’s get a HUGE turnout and show them we will not accept suffering at their host’s hands.”

Trump “might be looking for a peaceful break from the protests surrounding his presidency, but apparently he won’t escape them here in Florida,” the Orlando Weekly notes—an ironic twist of fate for someone who, as a civilian, criticized former President Barack Obama for taking golfing vacations.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Harvard University medical students and doctors called on the Massachusetts-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to cancel—or at least relocate—another lavish fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago estate, coming up later this month.

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