Several businesses in Washington, D.C are preparing for possible violent protests in the coming week from supporters of President Donald Trump. This included The Hotel Harrington, a business which announced on Monday that it would be closed on January 6. This is the day that Congress will meet to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
“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,” the hotel wrote in a statement.
“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.”
The announcement from the hotel comes shortly after The Washington Post reported that the far-right, white supremacist group, the Proud Boys, considered the hotel its unofficial headquarters.
According to the Post, several Proud Boys members, who have showed continued support for Trump, stayed at the hotel amid protests on December 12, prior to the Electoral College certifying Biden’s win.
The Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio said that the group’s members have stayed at the hotel and used the bar in the past, as they are located in Downtown D.C. and are close to the White House.
When asked if the group would go to the hotel or bar if they were asked to stay away, Tarrio said “Of course not.”
“I wouldn’t want to go somewhere, a private business where I’m unwelcome.
“There’s many other options.”
During the early hours of New Year’s Eve, Donald Trump sent a tweet that many perceived to suggest he would be among the protestors in DC.
The tweet from Mr Trump’s account read: “January sixth, see you in DC!”
Trump supporters have been loudly planning the protest gathering at the January 6 event on social media.
One supporter posted, in reply to Mr Trump’s tweet: “See you there, Mr President!”
“This has never been done before in history.
“Every patriot within 500 miles needs to be there.”
In addition, Mr Trump himself said on December 19 there would be a “big protest in DC” on Mr Biden’s confirmation date.
The gathering is being dubbed the ‘Wild Protest,’ with followers encouraged to use the hashtag #DoNotCertify in reference to Mr Biden’s confirmation process.
A website for the planned protest states: “We the People must take to the US Capitol lawn and steps and tell Congress #DoNotCertify on January 6!
“Our presence in Washington D.C. will let Members of Congress know that we stand with Rep. Mo Brooks and his colleagues in the House of Representatives who will bravely object to the certification of the Electoral College.”