Airbnb is a billion-dollar enterprise that is the picture of capitalism.
They’ve filled a need. In a few short years, they’ve circumvented the normal exorbitant taxation levied on traditional hotels and provided a service the world obviously enjoys. In short, they are booming. They are making money hand over fist.
The dirty little secret is that this pinnacle of free market success is run by liberals, progressives, and Democrats bound to serve the poor and deride the evil billionaires of the world.
When the Hillary’s campaign cost more than a billion and lost, Airbnb lost too, because they are committed liberal Democrats and they have loaded up the operation with politicos seeking fortunes. When they lost to Donald J. Trump, they were upset. Now they want revenge.
The masterminds behind Airbnb may have figured out that if you provide a much-needed product at a fair and reasonable price you can profit immensely. In America, you can still make a billion dollars literally out of thin air and by facilitating communication between a willing renter and a willing dweller. That is beyond awesome.
The American dream is alive and well and it doesn’t care what party you are. It doesn’t care what religion you are. It doesn’t care if you are black, brown, yellow, or green. It’s still here for the taking. Sure, it’s been beaten up. The last eight years have been rough. It’s a little battered, almost driven underground, but the American dream lives on. In fact, it will never die. It is truly the human spirit crying out for freedom and it will always find a way, America or not.
However well the progressives at Airbnb have done, I don’t think the liberals of the world have really embraced the capitalist idea. As witnessed recently at the latest idiocy called a Hollywood Awards show. Let’s face it, liberals are pious, sanctimonious, jackasses. In their infinite wisdom, only they are free of all prejudices and only they can tell when something is really awful. Simply give them a microphone and a stage and they will tell you what it is.
Do you think the average liberal would be outraged if they found out that Airbnb allowed its patrons to charge people 20 times more to rent their 3-bedroom apartment in Washington DC for Obama’s inauguration than the Trump inauguration? What is really happening is that prices have spiked for the Trump inauguration. What if Meryl Streep found out that people were taking a unit that normally rented for $150 a night and were charging $1800 a night because it was being rented to a Trump person?
Also, a very large number of Airbnb renters pulled their listings within hours of Trump winning the presidency and many bragged about it to The Huffington Post. Many said that they would never rent to a Trump supporter because of “moral principles.” Another one said that she would consider price “gouging” Trump supporters if the price was really high.
Can you imagine the firestorm that would unleash had Clinton won if Airbnb were refusing to rent to Clinton supporters who happened to be gay or African-American? The refusing renters would be locked up. Yet when it is viewpoint discrimination against deplorable Trump supporters, liberals love it and Airbnb tolerates it.
Heat Street also reports that one Airbnb renter said, “I have visceral reaction to the thought of have a deplorable trump supporter in my house. It’s about moral principles.” Airbnb is allowing unbelievable price gouging and outright hateful Trumpism to go on in DC. Hey, Liberals…I’m sorry you lost. (Okay, not sorry) I’m sorry you’re so upset, but that doesn’t give you the right to become the most prejudiced idiots to walk the face of the earth.
There literally are hundreds of examples on Airbnb of Trump supporters being gouged. People who normally charge $100 to $150 a night are charging $1750 a night. The hope is to keep all the Trump people out, and then if they do come, at least they will pay so much money we can afford to have the place fumigated afterwards. Again, replace the words “Trump” with “minority” or “black” or “gay” or “Muslim” and you will recoil knowing that you would be shunned from society if you uttered that sentence in public.
The utter hypocrisy of the left has reached epic proportions. Shame on you liberal human beings who are practicing a form capitalism for me, but not for thee.
The actions of Airbnb members in DC in reaction to the idea of having to rent to a Trump supporter celebrating Trump’s inauguration has brought shame to all of us who are proud to be Americans and those who are excited to see the peaceful transition of power that happens every few presidential election cycles.
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