Donald Trump Gets Heated over Hotel Roanoke's AC
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When the Hotel Roanoke hosted a Donald Trump town hall event, they likely knew he’d spend the time firing barbs at various opponents…maybe not that they’d be among the targets.
According to Dan Casey of The Roanoke Times, the Republican presidential candidate spent various parts of his campaign stop in Roanoke, Virginia complaining about what he believe to be an either inoperable or insufficient air conditioning situation in the crowded ballroom.
Trump said, via Casey:
“I think this ballroom and the people who run this hotel should be ashamed,” Trump told the crowd. “I think it’s actually cooler outside than it is in this damn ballroom.”
“I feel like I’m in a sauna. I don’t know what hotel this is,” Trump went on. “You let people suffer and don’t turn on the air conditioning. This is ridiculous.”
While Trump insinuated that the hotel was being chintzy with his electrical bill, the real answer is a lot more rational. Virginia—like the rest of the Eastern U.S.—is experiencing a hotter-than-normal summer and although the average high for this time of the year is between 86 and 87 degrees, weather during the Trump event climbed to the mid-to-upper 90s.
Furthermore, to accommodate the large crowd, Hotel Roanoke had doors propped open for hours to accommodate the flow of traffic both to the crowded hall and an overflow ballroom. So, although the hotel has stated their thermostats were set in the low 60s, there is only so much that can be done on a hot Virginia afternoon.
Trump himself was under stage lighting and in a suit, so those were also factors.
Hotel Roanoke has responded to Trump’s comments, via WDBJ, Roanoke’s CBS Affiliate:
“In regards to Donald Trump’s statements made during the Town Hall event: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center’s HVAC system was on and working properly throughout the event to provide a comfortable environment for all in attendance. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s, doors opened for two hours to let hundreds of attendees enter and the ballroom filled to capacity did present a challenge, however, Hotel staff did everything possible to keep guests comfortable and accommodated, both inside and out.”
Trump’s campaign is headed north for stops in Pennsylvania and Ohio this week, but temperatures are not going to be any more favorable in the near future, so this is bad press upcoming venues will do their best to avoid—even understanding very little could be done here.
If the past is any indication, Hotel Roanoke should probably not be expecting an apology.
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