Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Miami Dolphins billionaire defends Trump fundraiser after SoulCycle backlash

Miami Dolphins billionaire defends Trump fundraiser after SoulCycle backlash

Ross has always been a Republican donor and has given more than $160,000 this year to federal candidates and PACs that support them - with the vast majority going to GOP candidates.

And in a sign that the outrage could be spreading to other Related Companies businesses, Out magazine Editor-in-Chief Phillip Picardi called for fashion designers to boycott Hudson Yards in New York City - one of the largest and priciest real estate developments in U.S. history (and home to CNN offices) - for Fashion Week.

"Everyone who cancels their equinox and soul cycle memberships, meet me at the library", she wrote in one message. All in all, the event can cause Equinox and SoulCycle to lose much support, as many are now moving to their competition as part of the campaign to boycott the gym.

Ross is reportedly hosting a fundraiser for Trump in the Hamptons on Friday, charging $100,000 for a photo with Trump and $250,000 for a spot at a roundtable discussion, according to the Washington Post.

March for Our Lives organizer Cameron Kasky said he will need a SoulCycle "replacement" in New York City as news of the fundraiser made the rounds on social media.

"We want to let you know that Equinox and SoulCycle have nothing to do with the event and do not support it", Equinox said on Twitter. His remarkable leadership skills and ability to inspire others represent the same set of traits learned on the football field, and we are extremely proud to add his name to the esteemed list of inductees in the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame.

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He's a big part of the team". "And I think it's really making the d-line want to do better and push each other every single play". We just know that when he does show up, we can't wait and we'll welcome him with open arms.

Both Equinox and SoulCycle posted comments on Twitter saying that they do not support the fundraiser and company profits are not used to fund politicians.

A spokesperson for Equinox Fitness responded to the calls for boycotts and protests in a message to the Advocate magazine.

On Instagram, users shared a message expressing hope that competing gyms such as Gold's, Crunch or 24 Hour Fitness would run promotions to get their business, so as to "take your money out of the hands" of Trump.

Ross also the owner of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

At one point on Wednesday, Equinox was the No. 2 trending topic in the US on Twitter, with #BoycottEquinox and SoulCycle trending alongside it, and Stephen Ross was No. 4.

Teigen chimed in, "the gym is my personal hell but if you're a member of Equinox perhaps it is time to say peace (out)-inox ayyyyy I'm still sick yes but f*** equinox".

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