Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Monday lashed out at Hyatt Hotels after the company released a statement criticizing the design of their stage.
Social media users claimed the stage design at CPAC was in the shape of Odal rune -- an obscure symbol used by the Nazis.
This is the CPAC stage design below. It is a rune which was used by the SS. This is the stage from which @tedcruz… https://t.co/o13dKSbVLV— Ben Jackson (@Ben Jackson)1614442471.0
On Sunday, Hyatt issued a statement distancing the company from the conference.
"We take the concern raised about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company," Hyatt said.
In response, the American Conservative Union (ACU) -- the organization that puts on CPAC -- lashed out at the company's criticism.
"Contrary to Hyatt's own mission statement of inclusivity, your company just attacked its own customer by caving into the pressures of the politically motivated social media agitators who seek to destroy CPAC, our attendees and speakers from across the country, and the millions of Americans who support our work. Hyatt made a decision to issue additional statements late last night after the conference ended that disparaged and defamed us. These statements appear to validate demonstrably false and malicious claims," ACU argued.
The organization, which let Trump push lies about election fraud, argued criticisms of their stage design are "irresponsible, untrue, and contribute to a climate of division and hatred."
This letter to Hyatt Hotels is our declaration that we will not let them cancel us with these lies. @Hyatt… https://t.co/kSWHFvW1V1— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC 2021)1614626882.0