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Last week’s protest at the U.S. Capitol that got out of hand has proven to be a game changer in many ways.
Breeching the seat of government for Congress is a serious matter, and may say more about the U.S. Capitol Police, who allowed a small faction of violent protestors to gain entry into the building, than it does about the unruly invaders — after all, that should have never happened.
Peaceful Trump supporters are paying the price, being conflated with the violent few, enduring labels like “terrorists” and “insurrectionists.” Some of those who flew to DC found themselves being denied flights home, and others were suspended from social media. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
With Biden’s Presidential Inauguration one week away, Airbnb announced that it’s reviewing reservations in the Washington, D.C., area and will bar guests associated with hate groups or violent activity, Fox News reported.
Today we’re announcing a 7-step plan to help build trust and assist with protecting our community of hosts and guests in the greater Washington, D.C. area as we approach the Presidential Inauguration.https://t.co/vRw7FTOpOK
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) January 12, 2021
The problem being who gets to decide what constitutes a hate group, as people can be zinged for no more than being a Republican Trump supporter.
In fact, there appears to be a purge of conservative Americans who supported Trump after last week’s protest.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with Big Tech, which targeted Parler. The free speech platform went dark after Amazon rescinded its web-hosting service. The site billed as a pro-Trump entity — it’s nonpartisan — was removed by Google and Apple from their app stores, before the fatal blow.
The justification for what can only be described as a coordinated attack on Twitter’s chief competitor is that there was violent content being allowed on Parler.
Washington officials have asked Airbnb, VRBO and other rental hosts to take down their listings until the Jan. 20 inauguration is over, Fox News reported.
More from Fox News on actions being taken by Airbnb:
Airbnb said it will warn all guests in the Washington region that it may bring legal action against them if they are members of hate groups or if they plan violent activities. It’s also telling hosts to call a hotline if they suspect guests are violating Airbnb’s policy.
Airbnb said it’s also banning from its platform anyone who engaged in criminal activity in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. The company said it is cross-referencing arrest records to determine who should be removed. The company wouldn’t say Monday how many people it had removed so far.
In effect, the company will investigate the “background” — political affiliation? — of guests if they feel the need.
From their Website: “Airbnb already runs background checks on all US users when they first begin using the platform, and if additional information comes to light under the Capitol Safety Plan we may re-run background checks or assess against other publicly available sources or databases.”
City council member Janeese Lewis George took to Twitter to ask DC residents not to rent out rooms ahead of next week’s event.
The Democratic politician suggesting that people may be coming to “incite violence.”
DC! Avoid renting out rooms on January 17-20. There’s no way to guarantee that your guests are not coming to incite violence. The potential threats publicized by news outlets are very alarming. Please protect your neighbors and the District from more attacks. #DontRentDC https://t.co/cGCDGQhA8d
— Janeese Lewis George (@Janeese4DC) January 11, 2021
Never mind that the nation’s capital will be locked down like a drum next week — unlike what was seen last week.
The Capitol grounds are now completely surrounded with fencing. pic.twitter.com/OkBdUU1YBy
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 8, 2021
Airbnb joined with Marriott, AT&T and others in announcing it won’t donate to the Republican lawmakers who exercised their legal right to vote against certifying the electoral votes last week in several key states marred by allegations of voter fraud.
Concerns that have quickly become verboten to even speak about.
Remarkably, Facebook announced Monday it will remove any content that includes the phrase “stop the steal.”
Welcome to Joe Biden’s America.
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