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After Backlash, Loews Hotel Will Not Host Senator Josh Hawley Event After All

by SharonKurheg

Over the past week and change, multiple corporations have pledged to withdraw funding to Republicans who have supported Donald Trump’s election challenge. Corporations have done this in the past for other reasons, but the breadth this time around is pretty staggering. Giants such as Walmart, AT&T, BlueCross BlueShield, Commerce Bank, Ford and Comcast, among others, have all pledged to end their campaign contributions to these politicians.

Multiple large companies involved in the travel industry, such as Marriott, Citigroup, American Express, Disney, Hilton and Mastercard  have also withdrawn their financial support of members of Congress who voted in favor of objecting to the election results, if not to all PACs in general. Delta Airlines, meanwhile, is “reviewing” their contributions, according to CNN Business.

So it was a little surprising to see that the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel was allowing itself to be the location of a, “Fun-Filled-Family-Friendly Orlando Weekend Event” paid for and authorized by Fighting for Missouri PAC, where it sounded as if Senator Josh Hawkey (R-MO) was going to be in attendance. From Twitter:


Josh Hawley was, of course, the first senator to publicly state he would vote against the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win over president Donald Trump. Hawley’s reasoning was based on false claims and conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud that had been rejected by multiple courts ahead of the January 6 vote. Hawley has also been accused of encouraging the pro-Trump supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol last week.

Loews Portofino Bay is one of the hotels located at Universal Studios Orlando Resort (all of the hotels on Universal property are run by Loews Hotels). And it was an interesting situation since Comcast, which is one of the companies we mentioned above as ending contributions to dissenting Republicans such as Josh Hawley, is Universal’s parent company.

Anyway, the backlash they were receiving on Twitter was brutal:

Even the big guns got involved:




























Of course, hotels, and hotel brands, can do whatever they want. But this is a time when any entity in the travel industry should be trying to establish good will for guests to come back as soon as possible. This politician’s alma mater, Yale Law School, is calling for him to be disbarred. Many of his peers are saying he should be expelled. Most revealing, the majority of his own Republican constituents are calling for his resignation. Hosting an event for him might not be the smartest business decision right now. #wrongsideofhistory

As it turned out, Loews Hotels finally came to their senses and bowed to the pressure:

Well, good!

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1 comment

Dee January 17, 2021 - 12:56 am

Does the IRS realize that this campaign fund sponsored event is actually a tax free vacation for the attendees???


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