Hyatt calls hate symbols “hideous” after the CPAC phase compared to symbols used by Nazis
© Reuters. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hyatt Hotels (NYSE 🙂 Corp called symbols of hatred “hideous” on Sunday after a stage was designed at one of its hotels at the Conservative Political Action Conference that drew comparisons to a Nordic rune used by Nazis during of World War Two was used.
High profile Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, attended the four-day event in Orlando, Florida as conflict raged between Trump allies and establishment politicians trying to distance the party from him.
A photo of the CPAC stage went viral on social media Saturday. Thousands of Twitter users shared posts comparing its distinctive design to an othala rune, one of the many ancient European symbols the Nazis adopted to “reconstruct a mythical” Aryan “past.” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
According to Reuters photographs, there was a lighting display on the ceiling of the conference room in the same shape as on the stage.
According to Hyatt, all aspects of the conference logistics, including the set design, were managed by the American Conservative Union, which organized the conference.
The comparisons were “outrageous and defamatory,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, in a Twitter post on Saturday. He added that the organization had “a long history of commitment to the Jewish community” and that several Jewish speakers attended the conference.
“With CPAC’s refusal of any intentional association with hate symbols and our concerns about the safety of guests and colleagues in a potentially disruptive situation, we have allowed the event to continue,” Hyatt said late Sunday.
Hyatt added that “colleagues have occasionally faced hostility from attendees” when attendees were reminded to wear masks and social distancing. Hyatt also said it was “utterly disappointed with the disrespect shown by many of the people at the event to our colleagues.”
In his statement on Sunday, Hyatt said, “We take very seriously concerns about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the set design at CPAC 2021, as all of these symbols are obnoxious and clearly contradict our values as a company.”
Some Trump supporters, who launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, carried Confederate flags, which many Americans see as a symbol of oppression and slavery. Extremism experts said some of the rioters were members of white nationalist groups.
Trump’s presence dominated this year’s CPAC. His supporters walked a larger-than-life gold statue of the former president through the hotel’s lobby, according to a video posted on social media.
Trump hinted at a possible 2024 presidential election on Sunday, attacking President Joe Biden and reiterating his fraudulent claims that he won the 2020 election in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago.
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