Airbnb Cancels Reservation for Man Attending Far-Right 'Million MAGA March'

Airbnb has pulled a reservation after a customer was found to be renting a property in order to take part in the upcoming "Million MAGA March" in Washington, D.C.

The company said anyone who is "affiliated with hate groups" has no place using their service having been made aware of a booking by an apparent self-described Proud Boys member.

Airbnb was alerted to a booking made by Ronald Gaudier by the We Will Be Ruthless Twitter account, which shared a screenshot of Gaudier writing on encrypted messaging service Telegram describing how he will be attending the march on Saturday in order to stop the "f*****g pinkos" from "taking down the country."

Gaudier was also offering his Airbnb-rented property as a place to stay for anyone else attending the march.

Hey @Airbnb what are your thoughts on members of white supremacist hate groups like the "Proud Boys" using your platform?

— We Will Be Ruthless (@RuthlessWe) November 11, 2020

Responding to the tweet, Airbnb said: "We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Anyone affiliated with hate groups has no place on Airbnb.

"We've identified the reservation, canceled it, and banned the user from our platform."

Airbnb has been contacted for further comment.

The Million MAGA March, which is being organized and promoted by far-right and white supremacist groups including Proud Boys, is one of a number of rallies taking place at the same time in Washington on Saturday.

Other demonstrations organized that day include "Stop the Steal" and "March for Trump." They are being promoted as showing support for Donald Trump as he continues to push baseless claims of mass voter fraud occurring in the election, which Joe Biden has been declared the winner of.

Event-organizing website Eventbrite took down a page promoting a "March for Trump" in Washington as it was in violation of its terms against "harmful misinformation."

Another page promoting a smaller "Stop the Steal" rally in Lansing, Michigan, was also pulled by Eventbrite.

"We encourage people to express their views and gather safely for a chosen purpose, as long as it's done in a way that doesn't violate our terms," a spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

"We prohibit any events, content, or creators that share or promote potentially harmful misinformation and/or contribute to the risk of violence or physical harm. We notified the creators that we removed this event from our platform."

High-profile names such as Fox News' Sean Hannity and Infowars host Alex Jones have promoted some of the upcoming rallies.

The events have also been widely shared on social media, with fears that thousands of far-right supporters may be in the capital over the weekend.

Joey Gibson, leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, also urged people to attend the protests.

"I'm asking everybody who can, everybody show up to Washington D.C., especially if you're on the east coast," Gibson said in a video posted on Twitter.

"Especially if you're within driving distance of D.C. Be there, guys, is going to be huge"

In a statement to Newsweek, D.C. Police said: "We are aware of upcoming First Amendment activities planned for the weekend of November 13, 2020.

"As with any known First Amendment activity, we will continue to monitor and assess each activity and plan accordingly."

(File photo) Members of the Proud Boys, a far right organization dedicated to fighting with leftists, hold a rally on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon. Airbnb have pulled a reservation from one of their customers after it was found he will be attending the far-right "Million MAGA March" in Washington D.C. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty

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