Abusive Behavior By CPAC Attendees Draws Apology From Host Convention Center Management

The Huffington Post reports:

Attendees at a college recreation conference were greeted by a surprise Friday, when a manager for the convention center where their conference was being held came to their closing session and apologized for the inappropriate behavior of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was meeting in the same space.

The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association held its meeting at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland last week, at the same time as the big annual gathering of conservative activists.

A Gaylord manager alluded to reports of harassment toward NIRSA attendees by CPAC attendees, saying they were out of line with the convention centerโ€™s values, according to multiple people who attended the NIRSA closing session. She also stressed the importance collegiate recreation had played in her own life, adding a personal touch to her comments.

Posts on social media and attendees who spoke with The Huffington Post referenced comments CPAC attendees made directed at members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and people who appeared to be Muslim, although these reports could not be independently verified.

The manager reportedly said that they’d never had problems with CPAC attendees in previous years. In other words, Trump.

  • Joe in PA

    So, you’ll cancel CPAC next year, right, RIGHT?

    Right.

    • Frostbite

      HAHAHHAHAHAHAAHA.

    • Todd20036

      This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. You can tell just by looking at Trump’s “rallies”
      95% of his fans are white, Christian, ignorant, straight, uneducated, and low income.
      Even the wealthier fans are still just as ignorant and uneducated.

      • Joe in PA

        The “wealthier” fans are looking for some of that there corporate welfare.

      • NancyP

        I keep emphasizing that the Trump followers are NOT particularly low income, and certainly the ones that attend CPAC are considerably above average income. No one pays for them to attend. Ditto for party convention delegates – they must pay their own way.

        These are small businessmen, middle managers who think they should have been able to get a better job and who blame the “affirmative action women and blacks”, well off or wealthy Christian Dominionists who may not be overtly white supremacist (neo-Nazi or Christian Identity) but who believe that worldly success equals godliness (Calvinism) and therefore, because they don’t see racism as real, that blacks are inherently inferior.

        Trump followers do resent those with more education and more culture, because there really has been an insular white ruling class that admits few members not born in the class. The ruling class with Ivy League educations, with plum opportunities obtained by favors traded by Daddy with other Ivy or country club members – this is still quite real, and there’s no question that ordinary middle class hard-working guys get passed over for promotions in favor of “old boys’ sons”. The Trump followers don’t believe that there are educated experts who started out at their own middle class level and who feel entitled to respect for their scholarly or professional achievements that may exceed their often moderate income level (eg, academic or governmental scientists, who have as long or longer training as physicians but who do not have the marked jump in income after completing all training).. And I do have to confess that the expert class can produce some snooty types.

        • superindy

          Yes, I suppose the “expert class” (jesus, I cannot believe this is a term) has a few snooty people ..and it is patently clear that the “supporters of Trump” class has a huge number of total dimwits. I, for one am not buying into the theory that the people who actually read actual news and books and don’t watch Fox and Real Wives and storage wars are elitist and should apologize to Trumps followers for how hard their lives are. These people might try NOT voting for the party that keeps screwing them over.

      • narutomania

        And they carry guns with a violent mindset.

      • SilasMarner

        Hell, look at Trump himself. He’s wealthy and ignorant and stupid. He went to school but I don’t think he learned anything other than to be a total jackass.

        • charemor

          Isn’t it amazing what money will buy for you?

  • Bj Lincoln

    Why am I not surprised.

  • DodgerOfZion

    MAGFest > CPAC, and while more raucous, generally a LOT better behaved.

  • T-Batwoman

    drumpf has emboldened the skeezy underbelly of US society.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Soros / paid agitators / violent left / false flag / fake news / dishonest media / just a distraction / Chicago / Obama

    Toss gently and top with croutons and your favorite dressing.

  • AJD

    Funny how the supposed “conservatives” are so often clueless about showing good manners to strangers.

  • TampaZeke

    Gaylord is full of shit when they say that the behavior of CPAC attendees doesn’t represent their positions or standards. There’s a reason why all of these extreme right-wing groups meet at Gaylord hotels and it isn’t because they DON’T share their values.

    • Oh’behr

      Intriguing. Thank you TampaZeke. I learned something about a property I hadn’t heard of previously.

  • Kruhn

    Could it be the last time the Gaylord hosts CPAC? They could always move to the MGM Hotel up the hill or better yet, to the Old Post Office (refuse to use the name) and finally get some evidence of violations of the Emoluments Clause.

    • clay

      They’ll only get evidence of Trump taking profit from his lease of the Old Post Office if he releases his tax statements (as if those are accurate).

  • olandp

    Years ago, after the Symphony we used to go to the hotel across the street for a few drinks and maybe a snack. I got to know the bartenders and would always ask how business was. One time she said it was terrible due to a Baptist convention in the hotel. They would clean out the honor bars in the rooms, but wouldn’t dare set foot in the bar.

    I guess it doesn’t count as long as you hide to do it.

    • MaryJOGrady

      When Henry Cisneros was mayor of San Antonio TX, the Southern Baptists came to town for their annual convention. He claimed afterwards, “They showed up with the Ten Commandments and a $10 bill and they didn’t break either one.”

      • TampaZeke

        But they broke Grindr while they were in town!

        • MaryJOGrady

          This was at least a decades before civilians were using the Intertubes, if memory serves.
          I’ll bet San Antonio’s gay bars (and parks, by night) saw a lot of new faces, though.

        • boatboy_srq

          Grindr, Tinder and Craigslist. Probably all at the same time.

      • ColdCountry

        I must say, if they actually live what they preach, I’ll give them credit for it. I might think they’re nuts, but if they are honest about their values, I can’t fault them for that. Being cheap is another thing….

        • olandp

          They aren’t honest at all, they are pre-forgiven. Whenever someone tells you they are a good Christian, check your wallet because they will take your last penny.

          • rickhfx

            You read them like a book !

          • ColdCountry

            I have to say, I don’t trust anyone who feels the need to tell me they are a good christian.

          • The more “church” speak they use in talking to you, the higher the likelihood they’ll rip you off.

      • olandp

        I believe the $10 bill, but they break most of the commandments.

        • MaryJOGrady

          But they are saved! They are forgiven! They don’t even need to get their tickets punched by a priest in a confessional!

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      Just west of here is a town called Hudsonville, full of pious Dutch Christian Reformed folks. They openly discourage lawn mowing on Sunday and until recently made a huge stink if stores did business on the Lord’s Day. They were also a dry town.

      Yet the traffic to the liquor stores just outside the city limits across the county line did huge business, especially on weekends.

      Hudsonville finally passed a referendum allowing booze sales a few years ago, and by a healthy margin. Yet the faux outrage made it sound like Satan rigged the election. Of course, the loudes screaming came from the hypocrites who voted in favor on their secret ballot. That’s how they roll.

    • boatboy_srq

      Keeping your vices on the QT seems to be a primary tenet of Southern Baptist observance. Alcoholism, adultery, fraud, you name it – nothing is “wrong” so long as nobody knows. The greatest sin is allowing your foibles to become public.

      • rickhfx

        Come on give em a little break, they just can’t help themselves. Saying bad things about them is like making fun of a mental patients.
        snark

        • boatboy_srq

          Mental patients indeed: but wilful, conscious, deliberately ill mental patients, who have the keys to their own sanity but refuse to use them.

          They deserve all the scorn we can heap on them.

    • DaMoldBrok

      When I lived in New Orleans, I drove tour buses. We, as drivers, always got the ‘privilege’ to drive shuttles for the Southern baptist convention. Got to spend hours driving around in circles hauling them back and forth to the convention. All day long they would be asking if I ‘knew Jesus’ ๐Ÿ™

      At night I would have groups in the French Quarter for tours, I would get to see the same hypocrites hooping it up, staggering down Bourbon St., toasted.

      The fun part was, as a blabble thumping goody two shoe x-tain they would have a name tag on. When I would see them staggering down Bourbon, I would holler out their name, and ask if they were enjoying the nightlife and debauchery that New Orleans so famous for. When they would see me in my driver’s uniform, they would start to say something back, until they put it together. They would try hide their face and boogie on.

      Yes, I am evil ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • charemor

      Baptists don’t drink – at least not in front of one another.

  • MB
    • Todd20036

      Actually you can. Similar to fixing cats.

    • Tomcat

      But maybe the second amendment people can.

      • rubellapox2

        Lame….

        • Tomcat

          True, but Trump actually said it in one of his rallies.

      • Romero

        Actually, liberals who exercise our second amendment rights can. All we gotta do is go to one of those Adolf Trump rallies and take out every goddamn Trumpanzee snowflake in the room. That shouldn’t be hard since there’s more of us than there is of them.

        • DaMoldBrok

          Only problem there is, they may have more and or bigger guns!

    • NancyP

      This is every trauma surgeons’, emergency room physicians’, and forensic pathologists’ slogan. These professions are the chief reporters for Darwin Award candidates. Not surprisingly, members of these professions become good storytellers.

  • kcken

    If Trump doesn’t acknowledge it, it doesn’t count. See: Kansas shootings by racist trump supporter.

    • TampaZeke

      That’s only because he was distracted by the much more serious massacre in Sweden at the time.

      • William

        It was a Smorgasbord of horror.

    • Scott MB

      12

  • Rex

    Conservatives are miserable people who have dedicated their lives to making other people miserable. How noble.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    o/t After Tweety called for his fans to march in the millions …. Tens of people turned up.

    https://twitter.com/SockinDingers/status/836303916560232448

    • Chris H.

      I got a chuckle out of Tweety. I haven’t heard that one before. Of course not to be confused with the original Tweety. (Who would still be a better president) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8726d7a85c7902a5ebc39977e3e7a113ef673eb8c85fe1a369d8358c96c1a679.jpg

      • Todd20036

        Awww. Poor wittle Twump.

        He blow up. Go…. BOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!

      • Tomcat

        I taut I saw a puddy tat and I grabbed it.

    • Tomcat

      And he still had to pay them.

    • Gerry Fisher

      It’s just not as much FUN without Cheetolini leading the immigrant and non-white-person bashing! (I’m still struck by the woman who attended the inauguration and said, “I was expecting it to be [fun] like his rallies. I was disappointed.”

    • TrollopeReader

      Brian Brown was unavailable for comment.

  • Chris H.

    And remember Marriott manages the Gaylord hotels. Another reason not to stay at Marriott properties.

    • Oh’behr

      I have to travel this spring for a family vacation, I’ll remember to not book Marriott or partners. Thank you.

    • TexasBoy

      Marriott has a strange history, besides their hotels, they also tried restaurants by buying restaurant chains and closing them when they decided shortly thereafter they really didn’t want to be in the restaurant business, opting instead to sell or redevelop the real estate. Howard Johnson’s was one such restaurant chain. I’ve avoided Marriott for years, whenever possible.

    • Scott MB

      Remember as well, the parent company of all Marriott hotels is Mormon owned.

    • Bert_Bauer

      I worked for Marriott in the late 80’s. Aggressively anti-union, top-down management. Horrible place to work.

    • DaMoldBrok

      Gaylord owned The Daily Oklahoman, or as we so lovingly put it, The Daily Disappointment. Recommendation, printed on the front page no less, on who to vote for on election days, daily prayer, how bad any elected Democrat was, the list goes on.

      At one time it was rated by the Columbia School of Journalism as the worst paper in the country for being biased, x-tianist, Rethuglian, Homophobic! The college students are the ones that gave it the rating.

      The fun part was, Gaylords son (or was it his nephew, been a while) is gay, the next in line to take the reins, a mainstay at the OKC clubs, big supporter to several of the local charitable organizations. It was a knife in Gaylord’s side, he wanted to disown him, cut him out of the will, but had no one to hand it off to. He started to sell everything off to be the ass and write the son / nephew off.

  • clay

    ‘Cuz you know what a confident, in-shape, light-on-the-makeup, woman with short hair is . . .

    way more attractive than their wives and mistresses.

    Which might be why they oppose women in the military, too.

  • Tomcat

    That alright next year CPAC will be held in one of Trumps hotels so he can profit from it.

    • Friday

      Well, at least there won’t be other customers for the cons to be nasty to there?

      • grada3784

        I’m sure the bedbugs will object.

        • ColdCountry

          But only because the attendees have no blood.

      • Bert_Bauer

        Silly, child … there’s always “the help.”

  • zhera

    They do believe that they can do this unpunished now. For years they’ve watched society open up to different minorities and it made them angry.

    The Trump Effect has spread to Europe, east, west, north, south. There’s a neo nazi org that calls themselves Nordisk Motstandsbevegelse (Nordic Resistance). Based in Sweden, but spreading out, they are of course against immigration (specifically non-white immigration), equal rights for LGBT, and democracy. (That’s from their own statements.)

    So far it’s small in Norway but the longer this continues in the US, the bigger these type of organizations will get in Europe.

    It feels like our world is being ripped apart.

    • Friday

      Trying to make others feel that way is part of how they intend to do just that.

      • Clive Johnson

        All the while believing that they themselves, white, conservative Christians, are really the only ones facing any kind of discrimination in American society.

    • joy green

      Yes, they are empowered by trumps disgusting behaviour and feel like it is God’s blessing for them… here is a reality check, if your worshiping something that says hurting others is a good idea, that is not God you’re worshiping.

    • Hue-Man

      Would anyone be surprised if it turns out that American billionaire’s money was being sent to support these European hate groups?

      “Follow the money”
      All the President’s Men

      • zhera

        Don’t forget Russia!

  • Gigi

    CPAC was held at the Gaylord National Convention Center. Who approved that?

  • Patrick

    It’s their entitlement, Please step back if your not conservative

  • DuaneBidoux

    This is inevitable. Conservatism is, at its heart, a world view that starts with the worst assumptions about others. It is a philosophy based on exclusion, threats, violence and intimidation. It is based on the idea that you treat others as if they are threats first and ask questions later. It does not mean that conservatives are bad people but simply that they embrace a philosophy that encourages bad actions.

    I once heard a talk by a Unitarian minister/social justice activist and will always remember a thought he shared:

    “Liberalism strives always to make the circle of inclusion bigger. Conservatism strives consistently to make that circle smaller.”

    • scorpiomike

      I would argue that if you “embrace a philosophy that encourages bad actions” you probably qualify as a bad person. At the very least, willing to accommodate and associate with bad people for the sake of your political beliefs. Not to say we are not all “bad” at times.

      • ColdCountry

        I have a number of conservative and religious ancestors, and while they may be whitewashed by history somewhat, by all reports they were upright, honest, and “moral” men. What ever happened to honesty as a virtue to strive for regardless of political or religious view?

        • scorpiomike

          Not sure. I also had/have plenty of people in my life that I classified as good people even though they identified themselves as Republican. But there should be a line at which you stop identifying with a group. In my opinion, that line should have been crossed for any “good” people. Same with religion. When you count yourself a member of the group even though they are corrupt or grifting or lying or molesting children, I start moving you from good person to bad person in my mind.

          • Steve Teeter

            “Republican” didn’t always mean what it means now. Remember, they used to be the progressive party. Abraham Lincoln. Theodore Roosevelt. Need I say more? But then, even Ronald Reagan would be drummed out of the party as a commie pinko queer the way things are now.

  • David Walker

    The CPAC crowd was also upset that the NIRSA folks appeared to be physically fit and assumed the NIRSA crowd *shudder* exercises regularly. CPAC people were also upset because NIRSA was a college group and, therefore, liberal. Life as a snowflake gets harder and harder,

  • Gerry Fisher

    “Trump 2016…because I need to let out my inner brat!”

  • Steven B

    In other words, Trump. That speaks volumes.

  • William

    There were complaints about all the tapdancing in the Men’s room.

  • JCF

    “National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association”

    How many times do you think the female member of same got “DYKE!!!” yelled at them by those fine upstanding CPACers?