Hotel trashed on Yelp in wake of Claudia Conway’s TikTok video
Trump properties slammed with poor ratings after video went viral of Kellyanne Conway’s daughter suggesting one-star reviews
The Trump Hotel D.C.’s been getting slammed on Yelp ever since a TikTok video of Kellyanne Conway’s daughter encouraging one-star reviews for Trump businesses went viral in late June.
High schooler and noted Trump-critic Claudia Conway posted a video on TikTok of her dancing under the text “would be shame if we all left one star reviews on all of trumps restaurants, hotels and golf courses 🥺”. While the date she published it isn’t clear as her account is now private, New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz shared Conway’s video on June 29. Lorenz’s tweet has since been retweeted more than 2,200 times.
Since that date, the Trump Hotel D.C. has received 46 one-star reviews on Yelp.
During that period the hotel has received just one review that wasn’t the lowest possible option: five stars from Kilgore T. who wrote, “Make sure to whisper Heil Hitler to the front desk to make sure you get complimentary Big Macs sent to your room.”
As probably the only non-Trump employee who regularly checks the hotel’s Yelp score, your correspondent can attest that such an onslaught is unusual.
Other properties hit by this reversible, virtual carnage apparently inspired by the daughter of one of the president’s closest advisers include Doral, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower.
Yelp, of course, does not verify that reviewers patronized a business before sharing their opinion of it.
For her part, Kellyanne Conway seems to be a fan of her boss’s hotel.
Trump Townhouse hosted latest episode of PragerU's Candace Owens Show
The priciest suite in the Trump Hotel D.C. served as the studio for the latest episode of PragerU’s Candace Owens Show, according to 1100 Pennsylvania’s analysis.
According to the hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, in a 2019 interview (different times!), a night in the hotel’s presidential suite, which is smaller than the Trump Townhouse, started at $17,500.
Conservative activist Owens has been a long-time loyal customer of the president’s businesses, both while in Turning Point USA’s leadership and individually. Trump Winery hosted her wedding in October 2019, while that spring her engagement party was held at the Trump Hotel D.C. (the latter according to Cockburn for Spectator USA).
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, on June 4 Owens was one of seven Black activists invited to discuss race relations with Vice President Mike Pence in his office. (On Twitter, Owens had been critical of Floyd.)
Meanwhile the founder of his eponymous school that “make[s] exceptional video content that advances Judeo-Christian values,” Denis Prager was at the Trump Hotel D.C. the evening before he testified to the Senate in July 2019 about how social-media companies suppress conservative voices.
The Prager University Foundation received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, which can be converted into a government grant, according to information the Treasury Department released on Monday.
Companies with Trump Org ties received COVID-19 relief from the U.S. government
On Monday, the Treasury Department released data about some of the companies to have received loans that can convert into grants via the Paycheck Protection Program. Here are recipients with connections to the Trump Organization:
Sushi Nakazawa’s Trump Hotel D.C. location: $150,000–$300,000
Triomphe Restaurant Corp., owner of Jean-Georges in Trump Central Park: $2 million–$5 million
Vital Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Bang Energy drink [H/T Karl Evers-Hillstrom of Open Secrets]. Vital’s CEO, Jack Owoc, was at Mar-a-Lago for Kimberly Guilfoyle’s 2019 birthday party where he was photographed with Don Jr.: $5 million–$10 million
“Dozens of tenants of Trump’s real estate company,” reported Jonathan O’Connell, Aaron Gregg, Steven Rich, Anu Narayanswamy, and Peter Whoriskey for The Washington Post
“Albert Hazzouri, a dentist frequently spotted at Mar-a-Lago”: $150,000–$300,000, reported Jack Gillum, Isaac Arnsdorf, Jake Pearson and Mike Spies for ProPublica
The Kushner family-owned Observer Holdings LLC as well as two of the family’s hotels, reported Lachlan Markay, Sam Brodey, William Bredderman, and Jackie Kucinch for The Daily Beast
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A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.
The MyPillow Guy, Mike Lindell—a GOP and Trump donor, Fox News advertiser, Rose Garden speaker, Oval Office visitor, and government contractor—posted a new photo from one of his regular haunts.
On July 4, Kevin Longacre, a government contractor for Booz Allen, and Camille Sheehan, a communications manager at industry group the Auto Care Association, wed at the president’s hotel. While COVID-19 apparently forced them to cull the guest list from 100 guests to 48, it appears social distancing was not required.
Other Trump Organization news
Last Friday and Sunday, President Trump golfed at his Sterling course, making it four visits over an eight-day stretch.
This Friday Trump’s visiting U.S. Southern Command, reported Nora Gámez Torres for The Miami Herald. The base is located in Doral, Florida, just 1.9 miles from Trump’s golf course.
“Mary Trump’s book accuses the president of embracing ‘cheating as a way of wife’” by Maggie Haberman and Alan Feuer for The New York Times
“The inside story of Why Mary Trump wrote a tell-all memoir” by Alan Feuer, Michael Rothfeld, and Maggie Haberman for The New York Times
The Trump Hotel D.C. is one of Dinesh D’Souza’s favorite hotels and he plugged it in his new book.
Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.
House investigations (May 15, 2020)
Lawsuits (June 25, 2020)
Breakdown of judges’ rulings by political party of presidents who nominated them (May 14, 2020)
Health inspections (Jan. 27, 2020)
COVID-19 bailouts and charity (June 29, 2020)
Notable hotel customers
Foreign governments with representatives spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C.: 31 (March 4, 2020)
Trump cabinet members spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C.: 27 of 35 (July 1, 2020)
U.S. Senators who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: 33 of 53 Republicans, one Democrat (Feb. 21, 2020)
House Judiciary members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Seven of 17 Republicans, no Democrats (April 21, 2020)
House Intelligence members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Four of eight Republicans, no Democrats (June 1, 2020)
House Oversight members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Six of 17 Republicans, no Democrats (April 21, 2020)
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Four out of six Republicans, one Democrat (July 1, 2020)
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) found Trump’s hotels competitive only after Trump’s election (Sept. 12, 2019)
Rudy Giuliani at the Trump Hotel D.C: A retrospective (April 30, 2019)
25 unimpeachable examples of Trump profiting from his hotel: Foreign governments, Trump administration, GOP lawmakers, industry all have called on the Trump Hotel D.C. since its owner became president (Sept. 27, 2019)
“Power tripping in the swamp: How Trump’s D.C. hotel swallowed Washington
The MAGA social scene is a movable feast, but its dark heart resides within the Old Post Office Building, where the Trump Org operates under a mercenary charter” by your correspondent for Vanity Fair (October 2019)
“Inside the world’s most controversial hotel: The hotel that was expected to take its place among the crown jewels of D.C.’s travel scene has become a magnet for protestors, a West Wing Annex, and—possibly—the center of a constitutional crisis.” by your correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler (May 2018)
27 times Trump’s promoted his businesses on Twitter while president (May 12, 2020)
Upcoming key dates
Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)
July 9, 2020—Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight
July 8, 2020—Deadline for the Departments of State and Homeland Security to respond to The Washington Post’s lawsuit alleging the departments have failed to share records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on government spending at Trump properties
Aug. 10, 2020—Scheduling conference before D.C. Superior Court in D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee
Oct. 29, 2020—Mediation session in at least a one-time Trump appointee in the Commerce Department’s lawsuit against the Trump Hotel D.C., alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in her chin
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