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Washington DC hotel where Proud Boys hang out to close day of a ‘Wild Protest’ against Trump’s loss

A Washington DC hotel and bar where the Proud Boys have been hanging out will be closed on January 6 – the same day the electoral college certifies Joe Biden‘s presidential win and a ‘Wild Protest’ has been scheduled in the city to demonstrate against Donald Trump‘s loss.

Hotel Harrington, the 106-year-old establishment just six blocks from the White House, announced Monday it will close its doors on January 4, 5 and 6 citing its ‘concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety’. 

The announcement sparked an instant backlash from outraged Proud Boys members who left furious one-star Yelp reviews saying the hotel ‘got cucked by a bunch of loser liberals’.

The city’s oldest hotel and its bar Harry’s have become unlikely regular spots for the Proud Boys in recent months, when the group descends on DC for pro-Trump rallies. 

Back on December 12, at least four people were stabbed near the hotel when violence erupted between members and counter-protesters at the Million MAGA March.   

A Proud Boys member flashes an OK sign which has been adopted by white nationalists as a white power sign at Harry’s Bar in Hotel Harrington in Washington DC in November

Hotel Harrington (above) - the Washington DC hotel and bar where the Proud Boys have been hanging out - will be closed on January 6 - the same day the electoral college certifies Biden's win and a 'Wild Protest' has been scheduled to demonstrate against Donald Trump's loss

Hotel Harrington (above) – the Washington DC hotel and bar where the Proud Boys have been hanging out – will be closed on January 6 – the same day the electoral college certifies Biden’s win and a ‘Wild Protest’ has been scheduled to demonstrate against Donald Trump’s loss

The hotel issued a statement December 28 announcing its temporary closure next week and adding that guests already booked will be given refunds. 

‘We join with all of our guests, visitors, staff and neighbors in our concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety,’ it said.

‘We greatly appreciate the trust our guests have placed in Hotel Harrington over the years and we wish to continue to earn that trust.’

The hotel stopped short of referring directly to past ruckuses but said it was making the move in the interest of safety. 

‘While we cannot control what happens outside the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees,’ the statement read. 

‘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 all pre-paid reservations. Notifications are being sent to all reservation-holders beginning today.’

Hotel Harrington, the 106-year-old establishment just six blocks from the White House, announced Monday it will close its doors on January 4, 5 and 6 citing its 'concern and desire for everyone's health and safety'

Hotel Harrington, the 106-year-old establishment just six blocks from the White House, announced Monday it will close its doors on January 4, 5 and 6 citing its ‘concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety’

The announcement sparked an instant backlash from outraged Proud Boys members who left furious one-star Yelp reviews saying it 'got cucked by a bunch of loser liberals'

The announcement sparked an instant backlash from outraged Proud Boys members who left furious one-star Yelp reviews saying it ‘got cucked by a bunch of loser liberals’

Pro-Trump supporters voiced their fury on forum ‘The Donald’ after their bookings were canceled.  

‘1 STAR REVIEWS FOR HOTEL HARRINGTON!!!’ one outraged supporter wrote. 

Others accused the hotel of ‘caving’ to liberals. 

‘HOTEL HARRINGTON GOT CUCKED BY A BUNCH OF LOSER LIBERALS. THEY GOT SCARED AND DECIDED TO CANCEL PEDES RESERVATIONS. HOTEL HARRINGTON HAS NO BACKBONE!’ one wrote.  

‘Hotel Harrington in DC decided to cave to BLM,’ added another.

Another Trump supporter fumed: ‘Looks like Hotel Harrington decided to be the restroom for the rally.’

Harrington’s has gained a reputation in recent months as a favorite among the right-wing group the Proud Boys.

The group has been frequenting the hotel and Harry’s Bar when members attend pro-Trump and Stop the Steal rallies in DC.  

Several guests and workers at Harrington’s are said to be ‘unnerved’ by the growing presence of Proud Boys, two employees told the Washington Post.  

The hotel has also been cited three times for violating social distancing rules, with the violations all relating to weekends in the last three months when Proud Boys have packed in to the bar during rallies.  

Back in November members were seen not social distancing or wearing masks inside the bar while flashing white power signs.  

The hotel's closure comes as another pro-Trump rally dubbed the 'Wild Protest' is scheduled for January 6 in DC

The hotel’s closure comes as another pro-Trump rally dubbed the ‘Wild Protest’ is scheduled for January 6 in DC

On December 19, Trump tweeted about the protest saying it will 'be wild'

On December 19, Trump tweeted about the protest saying it will ‘be wild’

The hotel’s closure comes as another pro-Trump rally dubbed the ‘Wild Protest’ is scheduled for January 6 in DC.

The event is being held in protest against the certification of the Electoral College votes for President-elect Biden, which will take place that day ahead of the January 20 inauguration. 

Trump has urged his supporters to descend on the capitol for the event as he continues to refuse to concede and continues to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. 

On December 19, Trump tweeted about the protest saying it will ‘be wild’.   

‘Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud ‘more than sufficient’ to swing victory to Trump,’ he wrote, sharing a link to a Washington Examiner article about the White House trade advisor’s controversial report claiming ‘election irregularities’. 

Trump continued: ‘A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!’ 

The tweet was marked as ‘disputed’ by Twitter over the election fraud claims.

Trump’s supporters, including the so-called hate group the Proud Boys, have held several protests in the capitol since he lost the election. 

The city's oldest hotel and its bar Harry's have become unlikely regular spots for the Proud Boys in recent months, when the group descends on DC for pro-Trump rallies (above in November)

The city’s oldest hotel and its bar Harry’s have become unlikely regular spots for the Proud Boys in recent months, when the group descends on DC for pro-Trump rallies (above in November)

The December 12 Million MAGA March turned violent when around 15,000 supporters flocked to DC and clashes broke out between Proud Boys members and counter-protesters. Pictured a Proud Boys member with a stab wound at the event

The December 12 Million MAGA March turned violent when around 15,000 supporters flocked to DC and clashes broke out between Proud Boys members and counter-protesters. Pictured a Proud Boys member with a stab wound at the event 

A member of the Proud Boys is stabbed in a confrontation with a counter-protester on December 12

A member of the Proud Boys is stabbed in a confrontation with a counter-protester on December 12

A Trump supporter stomps on a Black Lives Matter counterprotester at the December 12 event

A Trump supporter stomps on a Black Lives Matter counterprotester at the December 12 event

The December 12 Million MAGA March turned violent when around 15,000 supporters flocked to DC and clashes broke out between Proud Boys members and counter-protesters.

Shocking images from the scene showed the violent scenes including the moment one Proud Boys member was stabbed and a man in a MAGA hat stomped on a BLM counterprotester.

Several of the clashes took place near Harrington’s and DC police swooped in and cleared the area outside the iconic hotel using pepper spray.   

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Proud Boys is a far-right males-only extremist group that has neo-fascist, violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center also defines the group as a ‘hate group’.

It counts Trump ally Roger Stone – who was granted a full pardon by Trump last week – among its members. 


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