Republicans are often the first to decry accessible education and healthcare as "socialism," but in the case of GOP consultant Frank Luntz, it backfired this time.
Luntz was staying in the Hotel Imperial in Austria. The country, though recently ruled by a Right wing government and widely considered capitalist, has public programs like universal healthcare (through the European Union) and accessible college, which certain Americans would deem socialist.
Luntz complained about an elevator in the 200 room hotel which had been broken for three days.
He blamed "European-style socialism" for the repair delay in a tweet.
I’m at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Almost 200 rooms… But the elevator has been broken for 3 days. Plea… https://t.co/Gcx8Y7DGMX— Frank Luntz (@Frank Luntz) 1560850949.0
Luntz, however, didn't realize that the Hotel Imperial is owned by Marriott, a private American icon of capitalism.
People were quick to point this out to Luntz.
@FrankLuntz https://t.co/m5vOVTvHxo— PandaDog🚩🏴 (@PandaDog🚩🏴) 1560922214.0
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna The European-style socialism of ... a Marriott hotel?— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1560863968.0
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna The Imperial is owned by Marriott, genius. See what American capitalism does to Europe… https://t.co/h8V1fNwv1L— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1560864817.0
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna the Imperial Vienna is privately held but speaking of socialism, congrats on being publicly owned— Kelsey D. Atherton (@Kelsey D. Atherton) 1560863370.0
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna you are in a privately owned 5 star hotel my good dude— Kate Aronoff (@Kate Aronoff) 1560863626.0
Even if the hotel wasn't owned by Marriott, people were still confused as to how Luntz made the leap to elevators being bastions of socialism.
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna Broken elevator = European style socialism?— Zivinilee (@Zivinilee) 1560856912.0
@FrankLuntz elevators are socialism now, dont get angry at me, get angry at frank who clearly knows what hes talking about— Mango 🇿🇦 (@Mango 🇿🇦) 1560937669.0
@FrankLuntz @ImperialVienna This is why the entire world thinks Americans are morons, and in your case they may have a point— ❤️ (@❤️) 1560866386.0
@FrankLuntz what does a luxury hotel in a Capitalist country that's owned by an American multi national have to do with socialism— Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi (@Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi Xi) 1560980194.0
To his credit, Luntz took the roasts with a good sense of humor and provided some stunning pictures along the way.
If you like art/history museums and amazing architecture, you will fall in love with Vienna. And the students here… https://t.co/8fGp7Y6qHI— Frank Luntz (@Frank Luntz) 1561021760.0
Fortunately, they didn't feature elevators.
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