SoulCycle owner Stephen Ross is throwing a lavish fundraiser Friday for President Donald Trump, to the dismay of some cyclists.
News of Ross’s event sparked backlash among SoulCycle riders and customers threatened to boycott the company, BuzzFeed News reported.
Billionaire Ross is scheduled to host an event for the president in his Southampton, New York, home with tickets ranging in prices from $100,000 for photo ops and lunch or $250,000 for a package that includes a roundtable discussion, according to invites The Washington Post obtained.
People expressed their distress about the news on Twitter.
Taken to next level, anti-Trumpers have to boycott Soul Cycle, &pizza, Momofuku, the Miami Dolphins* & other properties owned by this Trump donor.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) August 7, 2019
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) August 7, 2019
I use an elliptical in my basemen but if I used SoulCycle or Equinox, I would cancel. https://t.co/62zPPKU8QD
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) August 7, 2019
“I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions,” Ross said in a statement Wednesday.
The company CEO said SoulCycle does not support or endorse the fundraiser for Trump.
“Consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians,” CEO Melanie Whelan said in a Wednesday statement. (RELATED: Chelsea Clinton SoulCycle Fundraiser In NYC Absolutely Bombs)
A note from our CEO pic.twitter.com/UwxBWR76B0
— SoulCycle (@soulcycle) August 7, 2019
Ross owns the Miami Dolphins and is the founder and chairman of the real estate company Related Cos., which acquired Equinox, the company that owns SoulCycle, in 2005, according to Business Insider.
“Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of SoulCycle,” Whelan said in the statement posted on Twitter.
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