According to what a person familiar with the plans told the New York Times, Donald Trump has called off plans to appear at the Trump International Hotel on election night and will reportedly be at the White House instead. Advisers had previously said that Trump would appear at his namesake hotel in Washington for an election night party. Still, it appears that the president changed his plans for reasons that are unclear at this time.
Last weekend, the Trump campaign sent fundraiser emails to donors to announce a drawing that would give one winner, along with a guest, the chance to be flown to Washington, DC, where they would stay for free and attend the Nov. 3 party at Trump International as VIPs.
Trump campaign email “Did you see the President’s email earlier? He invited YOU to attend our invitation-only Trump Election Night Party at his favorite hotel in Washington, DC.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 25, 2020
Eric Trump confirmed the change of plans in an interview on Fox News later on Friday morning, saying the party may be moved.
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“We’re thinking about moving it, actually, over to the White House. We are looking at that right now. It’s going to be a great night,” he said.
Trump is blaming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) for adhering to guidelines amid the pandemic.
Trump is mad that Mayor Bowser is taking basic public health precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus in Washington DC, because he wants to have a big party at the Trump International Hotel that he still owns and profits from on election night pic.twitter.com/t2NfPMuVcE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 30, 2020
D.C.’s coronavirus regulations currently restrict events to a maximum capacity of 50 people, including all attendees and staff — and that is set in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. So, D.C. is not “shut down,” but it’s limiting gatherings. Trump needs to feed his ego daily, and his narcissism would never allow him to be defeated in front of a large crowd anyway should Biden be victorious on election night.
Trump is trailing behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden, even in key battleground states. In a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll, nearly six in ten Americans disapprove of Trump’s decision to continue to hold large rallies amid the raging pandemic. At the same time, nearly 64% approve of Biden’s decision to forgo holding big events in favor of much smaller gatherings. We can always count on Trump to do the wrong thing.
Featured image via DoD photo/U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos