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Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath receives backlash for spending New Year’s at Mar-a-Lago

McGrath seemed to address the controversy after a photo of him at Trump's resort went viral.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Jan 2, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm CDT

Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath is taking heat online after reportedly celebrating New Year’s at Mar-a-Lago.

A photograph began making the rounds on Twitter Thursday that alleged to show the songwriter at the Florida-based resort, which is owned by President Donald Trump.

The picture quickly led to backlash among Sugar Ray fans, as well as the band’s detractors.

How big of a douchebag would you have to be to spend New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago?” Twitter user @zaharako asked. “Like Mark McGrath level.”

The singer’s alleged appearance at the resort also produced numerous false claims, including that the woman in the photograph was actually McGrath’s new wife.

“Mark McGrath married someone who could literally be his grandma, and of all places shit hole resort Mar-A-Lago,” Twitter user @Mossimo77 said. “It’s gross.”

Trump supporters, however, came to the frontman’s defense as the issue became a top political trend on Twitter.

OK, I guess the libtards are mad because Mark McGrath attended a party at Mar-a-Lago,” Twitter user @notmyname02 said. “I don’t even know if this is true or something the libtards made up.”

The image was first posted to Instagram late Tuesday evening by the daughter of the woman standing next to McGrath.

“Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and my mom at Mar-a-lago’s New Year’s Eve Party @therealmarkmcgrath,” stage director and actress Amber Carey Gitter captioned the photo.

The Daily Dot reached out to McGrath for comment regarding the photo but did not receive a reply by publication time. Shortly after reaching out to McGrath, the musician released a statement on Twitter appearing to confirm that he indeed visited the resort.

“Here’s the deal, I’ve always honored the highest office in the land. I’ve performed for President Trump (who I met on Celebrity Apprentice), and I’ve performed for President Clinton,” McGrath said. “I’m not into politics, just an entertainer who still has unfortunate highlights… respectfully.”

McGrath’s attendance would be unsurprising given that the singer was scheduled to perform at the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to Fox News.

Speaking with the Hill in late 2016, McGrath stated that Trump’s actions on the campaign trail were different from those on the set of his reality show. The singer appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice 4 in 2011.

“You know, it’s funny. The rhetoric I saw him using during the campaign is not the Trump I knew, you know? He was always a gentleman; he was always kind,” McGrath said.

The singer also recently made headlines after an online comedian used McGrath to break up an imaginary couple with a video from Cameo.


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*First Published: Jan 2, 2020, 5:40 pm CST