Amid blowback by left-wing activists toward the Hyatt Hotel for allowing this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held there, the hotel says that conservatives, too, have the right to peacefully gather and express their views.
“We take pride in operating a highly inclusive environment and we believe that the facilitation of gatherings is a central element of what we do as a hospitality company,” a spokesperson for the hotel told Fox Business.
“We believe in the right of individuals and organizations to peacefully express their views, independent of the degree to which the perspectives of those hosting meetings and events at our hotels align with ours,” the spokesperson continued.
“Our own values support a culture that is characterized by empathy, respect, and diversity of opinions and backgrounds, and we strive to bring this to light through what we do and how we engage with those in our care,” Hyatt added.
Left-wing activists wasted no time in starting a #BoycottHyatt hashtag on social media after it was discovered that the Hyatt would be committing the cardinal sin of allowing conservatives to express their views, “which some people alleged the company was endorsing by allowing it to happen at one of its properties.”
Left-wing activists have also made a habit of conflating conservative gatherings and ideals with Nazism, and this time was no different. They floated the idea tthat CPAC organizers intentionally set up the stage to reflect Nazi symbolism known as the Odal Rune—with the stage having the same shape as the rune in question.
CPAC leader organizer Matt Schlapp wasted no time in slapping down the conspiracy theory, calling it “outrageous and slanderous.”
“Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous,” he shared on Twitter Saturday. “We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks.”
“CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage,” Schlapp added.
Reuters reported that when the Hyatt Hotels Corp. was asked about the alleged hateful symbol in the stage design, the hotel responded by saying that they take the “concern raised…very seriously” and that they condemn symbols of hate.
“We take the concern raised about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company,” the hotel chair said, according to Reuters.
“Hyatt said all aspects of conference logistics, including the stage design, were managed by the American Conservative Union, which organized the conference,” the report added.
Alyssa Milano—someone who has been at the center of a number of controversies—was reportedly one of the individuals who initially raised the concern, calling for the boycott of the Hyatt for allowing gatherings of hate to transpire within its walls: “[Hyatt] is totally fine hosting Nazis. #CPAC#boycottHYATT #QPAC2021.”
Milano is just one of many left-wing activists who have been drumming up stories about conservatives in an effort to shut them out of the national conversation. This strand of conspiracy theory has been raging on since the summer riots, where many left-wingers condemned the riots and all the subsequent damage acted out by these rioters as the fault of former President Donald Trump and his followers.
Fox News reported that the 2021 CPAC event could have a “multimillion-dollar impact” on the local area in Orlando, Florida (where the event is taking place) at a time when the U.S. economy is having difficulty getting back on its feet with the extended lockdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.