In anticipation of more violence in Washington, D.C., next week ahead of or during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Airbnb has announced it canceled all reservations for the event.
“We have canceled all Airbnb reservations in DC for Inauguration week. Guests will be issued a full refund and hosts will still be paid in full for these canceled bookings,” co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky wrote on Twitter.
“We are announcing that Airbnb will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the Inauguration week,” said a statement from the company. “Additionally, we will prevent any new reservations in the Washington, D.C. area from being booked during that time by blocking such reservations.”
It’s not clear whether the company is canceling similar reservations in state capitals, but according to private source intelligence, some groups — left and right — may be planning protests in various capitals, some of which could involve armed elements (which would be really stupid).
This decision was made following a joint request by Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. The request asked Americans to not travel to the nation’s capital, but rather to watch the inauguration virtually, according to Airbnb’s statement.
Airbnb’s announcement is a pivot from its original plan for increased safety and security measures, according to CNBC. The platform stated it would remove people associated with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots from its mobile app.
The company’s decision comes after the announcement that the National Guard will deploy “at least” 10,000 troops by Saturday in preparation of Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to the AP Press.
In addition, the travel and reservation platform said that it has identified several people who “are either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in the criminal activity at the Capitol Building,” add that those individuals have been banned from using Airbnb.
Seriously, anyone who dares to bring weapons to the nation’s capital or any state capital is either not playing with a full deck or out of their minds.