Anderson Cooper Sneers at Rioting Trump Supporters Who Stay at Holiday Inn, Dine at Olive Garden

By Paul Riegler on 10 January 2021
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Lobby, Holiday Inn Manhattan – Financial District

In the midst of the deadly riots by supporters of President Trump in Washington, D.C., last week, CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper reflected on their choice of hotel and dining establishment.

“Look at them, they’re high-fiving each other for this deplorable display of completely unpatriotic, completely against law and order, completely unconstitutional behavior,” said Cooper on the air . “And they’re going to go back to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn that they’re staying at, or the Garden Marriott, and they’re going to have some drinks and they’re going to talk about the great day they had in Washington.”

While Cooper mixed up Hilton Garden Inn brand with Marriott, what he was referencing was group of properties that full under the select-service hotel category.  Select-service properties, as the name suggests, are a hybrid of sorts, offering the fundamentals of limited-service properties such as Holiday Inn Express or Super 8 with certain services and amenities that are characteristic of full-service properties, such as a Sheraton, Hilton, or Marriott.  In general, the select-service hotels have far more in common with their limited-service relations.

Similarly, casual dining restaurants such as the Olive Garden fall between fast-food establishments and fine-dining restaurants.

Fox News political commentator Sean Hannity took Cooper to task for his statement.
“There’s nothing wrong with Olive Garden,” he said, saying he liked their salad and calling the chain’s garlic breadsticks “phenomenal.”  Hannity said that the comment was “indicative” of how CNN looks down “on real people.”

Cooper called the comments by Fox a diversion from the events in D.C.

“I wasn’t dissing a restaurant,” Cooper said the following day on air. “I was dissing their routines,” commenting on the rioters ability to seemingly walk away from what they had wrought earlier.

He said that he had named two hotels that he could think of off the top of his head in the Capitol Hill area, even though one brand, Marriott Garden, doesn’t exist, and used the Olive Garden as a “normal” place anyone might go to. He also said he’s not too “fancy” to go to an Olive Garden.

At press time, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and InterContinental Hotels Group had not yet replied to a request for comment.

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