Trump Ditches DC Hotel Guests for Election Night

Donald Trump has canceled plans to appear at his Washington, D.C., hotel on election night and instead will be spending the evening watching election returns come in hunkered down in the White House.

The president ginned up lots of business for his Trump International Hotel by sending out multiple fund-raising solicitations to supporters. One of them, which featured an image of Trump and first lady Melania, read, “November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS. It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there. Join us on election night.”

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To maximize profit from the event the hotel, which is just a few blocks from the White House, jacked up room rates from the typical $476 per night to $1,200 per night for a regular room on the lure that Trump would mingle with them. It’s sold out for several night on and around Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The New York Times, which first reported the change of plans, says no reason was given for the shift, but there are several possibilities – not all of them mutually exclusive.

First, Trump may be nervous about being out in public if voting totals start showing him losing the election to former Vice President Joe Biden, either by a little or by a lot.

Second, his campaign and hotel management may have been warned by the District of Columbia against holding a large gathering during the coronavirus pandemic and at a time when cases are surging. Current D.C. protocols limit indoor public gatherings to no more than 50 people. On Monday, District Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters she had heard about plans for an election night party and said, “We will be in touch with our licensee, which is the hotel.”

Lastly, Trump may be concerned about so conspicuously mixing his private business with his political activities. Given his track record of steering business to his various hotel and resort properties, that seems pretty far down on the list of reasons for him changing plans.

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