De Blasio touts YMCA over Equinox, SoulCycle amid uproar over Trump fundraiser

De Blasio touts YMCA over Equinox, SoulCycle amid uproar over Trump fundraiser
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE, a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful, touted the YMCA amid criticism over a fundraiser the developer of fitness chains SoulCycle and Equinox plans to hold for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE.

“Imagine the feeling of a work out that doesn’t also fund racism, xenophobia and the ultra-rich. Now open your eyes. I present to you the @ymca. Big fan,” de Blasio mayor tweeted.

The tweet follows an avalanche of criticism against Stephen Ross, the founder and chairman of The Related Companies, which owns Equinox, after it was revealed he plans to host a high-dollar fundraiser for the president’s reelection campaign in the Hamptons later this week. Equinox owns SoulCycle, a high-end, indoor cycling health chain.

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SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan posted a statement saying the chain "in no way endorses the political fundraising event." 

"SoulCycle has nothing to do with the event and does not support it," Whelan said. "Consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians." 

Equinox also issued a statement, saying it has nothing to do with the fundraiser. 

“As is consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians,” it said.

Nevertheless, the fundraiser has sparked an outcry, with celebrities like Billy Eichner and Chrissy Teigen vowing to boycott the fitness chain. 

De Blasio, one of 25 Democrats running for president and a fierce Trump critic, has thus far polled near the bottom of most national and statewide surveys and is at risk of failing to make the debate stage in September.