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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hyatt Hotels (NYSE 🙂 Corp called hate symbols “abominable” on Sunday after a stage design at the Conservative Political Action Conference at one of its hotels made comparisons to a Norse rune. used by the Nazis during World War Two. High-profile Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, attended the four-day event in Orlando, Florida, as conflict rages between Trump’s allies and establishment politicians trying to distance the party from him. A photo of the CPAC stage went viral on social media on Saturday, with thousands of Twitter users sharing posts comparing its distinctive design to an othala rune, one of many ancient European symbols that the Nazis adopted to “rebuild a mythical past. ‘Aryan'”. according to the Anti-Defamation League. The ceiling of the conference room featured a lighting screen shaped like the stage, according to Reuters photos. Hyatt said all aspects of conference logistics, including stage design, were managed by the Conservative Union of America, which organized the conference. The comparisons were “outrageous and slanderous,” Matt Schlapp, president of the Conservative Union of America, said in a Twitter post on Saturday. He added that the organization had a “long-standing commitment to the Jewish community” and that the conference featured several Jewish speakers. “With CPAC’s denial of any intentional connection to hate symbols and our concerns about the safety of guests and colleagues in what could have been a disturbing situation, we allowed the event to continue,” Hyatt said Sunday night. Hyatt added that “colleagues occasionally encountered hostility from attendees” at the conference when attendees were reminded to wear masks and socially distance themselves. Hyatt also said it was “extremely disappointed by the lack of respect that many people involved in the event showed our colleagues. In its statement Sunday, Hyatt said: “We take the concern raised about the possibility of hate symbols being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously, as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally contrary to our values. as a company “. Some Trump supporters who launched a deadly attack on the United States Capitol on January 6 were carrying Confederate flags, which many Americans see as a symbol of oppression and slavery. Extremism experts said some of the rioters were members of white nationalist groups. Trump’s presence has dominated this year’s CPAC, with his followers parading a larger-than-life golden statue of the former president through the hotel lobby, according to a video posted on social media. Trump on Sunday hinted at a possible presidential race in 2024, attacked President Joe Biden and repeated his fraudulent claims that he won the 2020 election in his first major appearance since leaving the White House nearly six weeks ago.