Chicago Pride is this weekend and as seen in a photo tweeted late Tuesday by a local NBC reporter, that night the entrance to Trump International Hotel & Tower was illuminated in the rainbow colors. I couldn’t find any news accounts of this, so early yesterday morning I called the hotel to inquire.
The cheerful staffer I was directed to professed no knowledge of the lighting, but promised to have somebody from the marketing department give me a call. After hearing nothing for several hours, I called back and was told the marketing director was “at a meeting.” Late in the day I called again and was put into the marketing department’s voicemail.
This afternoon I tried yet again and the person with the hotel’s marketing department said, “We’ve been told not to say anything until the PR person puts out a statement.” Noting that NBC reported on the lighting two days ago, I asked when that might be. She said, “I actually don’t know.”
So I’m guessing that either a renegade Trump staffer did the lighting without permission or that the blowback was so immediate, the rainbow display was halted after only one night. I’ll let you know if I ever get a call or if a statement is ever issued.
Chicago Trump building lit for gay pride. pic.twitter.com/d46Ge44KZW
— Blake McCoy (@BlakeNBC) June 21, 2017