While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was willing to sell the 200 hotel rooms he booked for inauguration weekend to Republicans, not everyone in Washington, D.C., feels the same way.
Political operative David Brock plans on spending that weekend in South Florida, where he’ll be joined by more than 150 top Democratic donors.
The retreat will focus on devising a strategy for the 2018 and 2020 elections. Meanwhile, there are some people who could be using the upcoming weekend to take an apparently much-needed break after the 2016 race.Image Credit: AFP/Stringer/Getty Images
Adrienne Elrod, Hillary Clinton’s former director of strategic communications, said some of her friends from the campaign are headed to Europe or a beach somewhere — anywhere they can avoid seeing Trump’s Inauguration, Politico reported.
“It’s absolutely painful, there’s no question. It’s going to be hard for a lot of us that week, and that applies to whether somebody’s in Washington during the inauguration or if they’re sitting on a beach somewhere sipping a Mai Tai.”
The list of things Democrat strategists are doing instead ranges from hosting birthday parties to taking in lacrosse games:
- Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be going to Paris for a conference.
- Robert Raben, a top Democratic lobbyist at the Raben Group, is going to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
- Doug Thornell, a Democratic operative, will celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday party in New Orleans.
- Katie Packer, founder of the never Trump group “Our Principles PAC,” will attend her boyfriend’s son’s lacrosse tournament in Colorado.
For the inauguration, Airbnb rentals have seen price increases of up to $1,000. However, some Democrats can’t bring themselves to play host to the very people to whom they lost.
A young Democratic operative from the Clinton campaign told Politico that he hasn’t heard from any of his D.C. friends that they want to rent out their place to Inauguration-goers:
“Every time the conversation is the same. ‘I don’t want Trump supporters in my home.’”
Some Democrats seem to be trying to make the best of things, though. The Podesta Group, which was co-founded by Clinton confidante John Podesta, is hosting an Inauguration “warm up and watch party” at the Willard InterContinental.
“I’d rather not be cranky and hard to live with. I’d rather be optimistic and be fun for my family to be around. It’s a strong country and a good country.”
Some were shocked when, just under two weeks ago, defeated Democratic candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she would be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration alongside her husband.