A Washington DC hotel a few blocks from the White House used by members of the Proud Boys will close next week.
The Harrington Hotel released a statement Monday that it will be closed from January 4th to 6th. On the sixth, Congress will confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden. The Proud Boys, an old-right hate group, have a series of pro-Trump protests for these three days.
In its statement, the hotel said it would not accept guests other than long-term residents and would refund all money for other reservations made during that time.
"While we cannot control what happens outside of the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees," the hotel said.
The hotel's statement came after the Washington Post reported that the hotel had become a hangout for the Proud Boys, a far-right, neo-fascist, and male-only organization. The hotel was closed for two days in early December amid concerns about coronavirus and social distancing after it was cited for violations when Trump supporters visited the hotel.
During the protest earlier this month, DC police were forced to play intermediaries between pro-Trump protesters and counter-protesters. During the protest, members of the Proud Boys burned several Black Lives Matter signs that were hung on historic black churches in the city.
Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the hotel to close during the December protests. Additionally, DC residents of the city have urged the hotel to condemn the Proud Boys and their actions, but the hotel has resisted.
The outgoing president predicted a “wild protest” on the sixth. According to the campaign website, the group plans to "demand transparency and protect electoral integrity".
Trump has also organized a bus tour that ends in DC on the sixth. On the same day, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to count the votes of the electoral college and officially certify Biden as the next US president. Pence, who is expected to attract the wrath of Trump and his supporters after confirming Biden's victory, has planned to leave the country immediately afterwards.