Just when you thought the Swamp couldn’t get any worse.
Hotel Harrington in Washington DC has announced that it will CLOSE on January 4, 5, and 6, 2021.
This is not a coincidence.
The hotel has CONFIRMED that it will NOT be accommodating Trump supporters.
If you’ve already made reservations at the hotel for the January 6, 2021 protest, Hotel Harrington will be giving you a refund.
Their statement reads:
Washington D.C. has been our home for 106 years and we join with all of our guests, visitors, staff and neighbors in our concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety.
We greatly appreciate the trust our guests have placed in Hotel Harrington over the years and we wish to continue to earn that trust. While we cannot control what happens outside of the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees.
Hotel Harrington will be closed on January 4, 5 and 6. We will not be accommodating guests, with the exception of our long-term residents who call our hotel home. Refunds will be made for pre-paid reservations. Notifications are being sent to all reservation-holders beginning today.
We have a simple question…
Did Hotel Harrington close for the Women’s March?
Did they close for the countless BLM marches over the summer?
If not, then why are they refusing service to Trump supporters?
Is that not discrimination?!
Hotel Harrington and its connected “Harry’s Bar” in Washington DC are known as the hangout spot for conservatives in Washington DC.
As Trump supporters plan one last pre-inauguration protest for January 6th to “Stop the Steal,” Hotel Harrington is announcing Jan 4-6 closures. pic.twitter.com/tvSA9Kkqgh
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) December 29, 2020
The Proud Boys have made Hotel Harrington their gathering spot when they're in D.C.
The hotel just put out a statement that they'll close January 4th-6th, when thousands of Trump supporters are expected to come to the capitol for a last-ditch rally. Many just lost reservations pic.twitter.com/t9UQov7loQ
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 29, 2020
Many Trump supporters who are traveling to the DC area have been finding accommodations a little outside of downtown.
It appears that their concern was warranted.
Hopefully Hotel Harrington’s actions don’t “inspire” other hotels to follow suit.
Local FOX 5 DC confirms the hotel’s move, which some have claimed is discriminatory:
Hotel Harrington and Harry’s bar – magnets for right-wing protesters who’ve flocked to D.C. for pro-Trump presidents in recent months – will be closed during the next planned demonstration.
The hotel posted a statement on its Facebook page on Monday indicating that it will close Jan. 4, 5 and 6.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that activists were planning protests that weekend – when Congress is slated to certify the results of the election.
Protesters have poured into D.C. twice since the election to protest the results, which indicated that former Vice President Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump.
Fury over the closure is beginning to build on social media.
Many people are slamming Hotel Harrington for closing for Trump supporters, but accommodating other protests.
— 7card21 (@7card21) December 29, 2020
The liberal media has been criticizing Hotel Harrington.
They’ve also been misrepresenting the Proud Boys.
Is this why the hotel caved?
Here’s an example of the media coverage a la The Seattle Times:
Located five blocks from the White House, the Hotel Harrington is the city’s oldest continuously operating hotel and has a long-standing reputation as one of the most affordable hotels in the heart of the District of Columbia. But over the past few months, the Harrington has been gaining a new reputation: Proud Boys hangout.
The militant right-wing organization that supports President Donald Trump, which has clashed in violent street battles with members of anti-fascist groups and others who oppose Trump, has made the Harrington its unofficial headquarters when members come to the city. Several hundred Proud Boys recently stayed at the hotel while in town for the Dec. 12 protest of Joe Biden’s election.
More protests by pro-Trump groups are planned in downtown D.C. on Jan. 6.
Wearing their signature black and gold colors, large numbers of the group spent much of the afternoon of Dec. 12 drinking openly and chanting on the street in front of the hotel. They ranged in age from late teenagers to 50- and 60-year-olds, though most appeared to be in their 30s and 40s. Others filled the outdoor patio at Harry’s, the hotel bar, where they had gathered on previous protest weekends and on the Fourth of July. Harry’s closed midafternoon, but the patio and street in front of it remained crowded throughout the night.
The repeated and growing presence of Proud Boys at the bar and hotel has unnerved some guests and workers, many of whom are Black and Hispanic and were intimidated by their presence, according to two employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
In the past three months, Harry’s has been cited three times for violating social distancing and mask regulations. The violations occurred on weekends when large numbers of Proud Boys and other pro-Trump supporters, in town for demonstrations, were in the bar.
For the hotel and the bar, there seems to be uncertainty about what steps they can or should take. Ann Terry, the general manager of the hotel, declined to comment. During a brief phone call, John Boyle, the owner of Harry’s, declined to comment other than to say that the bar closed early on Dec. 11 and 12 because of concerns over not being able to maintain coronavirus social distancing guidelines. The bar’s website announced that it will be closed on Jan. 5 and 6.
If they caved due to media pressure, that really would be a shame.
Isn’t this America?
Don’t we have a right to free speech?
And a right to vote?
If so, then why would a hotel block people for staying during a political protest?
It especially doesn’t look right when you consider that the hotel was likely open during the Women’s March and BLM protests.