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Puny ‘protest’ fails to derail DC Trump Hotel Grand Opening

Written By | Oct 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, October 26, 2016 – In a signature event this morning in the nation’s capital, Donald Trump was on hand to cut the ribbon for the official Grand Opening of his glittering Trump International Hotel.

This latest addition to Trump’s line of luxury hotels marks one of his signature business achievements.

Evening view of the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., now home to the Trump International Hotel. (Via Wikipedia entry on the building, CC 2.0)

Evening view of the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., now home to the Trump International Hotel. (Via Wikipedia entry on the building, CC 2.0)

Trump has managed to renovate and repurpose one of Washington’s most historic downtown buildings—the majestic Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, just four blocks from the White House he hopes to occupy soon—as a first class hotel, restaurant and meeting complex, doing it on time and under budget. In addition, he’s saved this once-decaying landmark to serve the city’s residents and guests in a new century.

Typically, however, political operatives attempted to disrupt the scene, apparently unsatisfied with the recent but ultimately unsuccessful efforts of graffiti “artists” to deface the main entrance of the building.

In a report leading up to today’s ribbon-cutting event, The Examiner reported

“Labor and liberal leaders aligned against Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign are calling for ‘angry protesters’ to disrupt the businessman’s grand opening of the Washington Trump International Hotel four blocks from the White House.

“Armed with a new critical ad,, For Our Future and the Culinary Workers Union are planning a demonstration urging the public to boycott Trump’s properties. The groups say that the chain of luxury hotels mistreats workers.”

No surprise here. Left-wing “protestors”—actually, political operatives—are perpetually angry and always looking to rain on someone else’s success, particularly if that someone is a businessman who could actually win the presidency on November 8. Moreover, those protestors that actually showed up were clearly bought and paid for by George Soros’ lavishly funded left-wing website, as well as the usual union suspects.

Photo of big, "angry" protest at the Trump international Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Via Twitter)

Screen shot from video of “big, angry” protest at the Trump international Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Via Twitter)

As it turns out, only a handful of these operatives showed up at the Trump International today. Worse, they generally didn’t look to “angry” either, likely happy to get a paid day off just to carry a few clichéd signs around while Trump’s guests and, of course, the press were inside enjoying and/or covering the event.

Reporters inside—also known as Clinton Operatives with Bylines—more or less covered the event, but did so with predictable snarkiness. Washington’s all-news radio station, WTOP-FM weighed in with this short online report:

“Donald Trump said he appeared at the grand opening ceremony of his new Washington hotel ‘to be there’ for his family — and will resume campaigning right afterward. The Republican presidential nominee received criticism for taking hours out of his campaign schedule Wednesday to attend the opening, which comes less than two weeks before Election Day.”

Note the phrase “received criticism,” so often casually employed in the media when opining on a candidate not to their liking. We never learn where the “criticism” actually comes from in cases like this one, meaning that “criticism” is either entirely fiction or, just as likely, the latest snarky remark from some obscure opposition party lackey.

In case you didn’t get the drift, WUSA-TV9 “reporter” Garrett Haake clarifies matters for us in a Facebook entry:

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that ‪@TrumpDC ribbon cutting is not a campaign event. ‘Today is a metaphor for what we can accomplish.’”

Who said it wasn’t a campaign event? No citation here, of course. Bad grammar, too, in Haake’s opening exhortation.

In truth, Donald Trump couldn’t have chosen a better campaign mini-event than this one, demonstrating his business success and ability to improve a once-blighted landmark on Washington’s most famous avenue? With two weeks remaining in Campaign 2016, Trump’s success in this endeavor is a bright and shining metaphor for the different kind of “hope and change” his campaign is promising should he be elected president in November.

Terry Ponick

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17