Chicago Trump Tower lit up by Biden-Harris sign, Internet lauds Steelworkers Union: 'Obama Tower is future'
'An eyesore no more,' tweeted the union after flashing the lights above Trump signage on the building
Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago took on almost a whole new persona over the weekend and featured Trump's rival Joe Biden's logo. Right above the 'Trump' building lettering, the words 'Biden Harris' were displayed in bright blue light. Just below the signage for the Democratic presidential nominee and his vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris, were the letters 'USW' which represents the United Steelworkers Union, The Sun reports.
It was the United Steelworkers Union that had been responsible for funding the projection 'bat light'. The official Twitter account of @USWBat, had shared pictures of Trump's building at night along with the mark of the opposition. The tweet read, "We didn’t?! We did!! And it felt so good. (The most action that sad, half-empty building’s seen in a while)." Another tweet by the union said, "An eyesore no more."
The Trump Tower was just one of the sites across the country where the union was sharing its message and casting the bat light over the last six weeks, a spokeswoman for the union, Jess Kamm Broomell, shared. While speaking to The Chicago Tribune on Sunday, October 18, she shared, "We’re just looking for places that really spotlight the significance of the election. And what does that more so than a Trump hotel?" As per a press release, the bat light had been planned for cities across Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The union has shared the light on places like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Terminal Tower in Cleveland, Mount Washington in Pittsburg, and Lambeau Field in Wisconsin. Many social media users commented on the union's actions and were in support of them. One such social media user commented, "Growing up my grandfather worked and retired from Central Steel and Wire. He'd be so proud."
Another social media user wrote, "If I had a dollar for every time I've done that... Did you happen to notice that the building itself kind of looks like a giant hand flipping off the city? Check it out next time you're nearby. Thanks to @USWBat for bringing a smile to my face first thing in the AM!" "So proud of you! Wish I still lived in Chicago to see this," another supportive social media user responded. Yet another social media user commented, "Let's Get This Great Defeat of Trump, Finally, Done!!!" Another pointed out, "And you know that the building will be renamed as soon as it is legally feasible. I think Obama Tower is in its future."
Growing up my grandfather worked and retired from Central Steel and Wire. He'd be so proud.— Julie Marie (@mllejuliemarie) October 18, 2020
If I had a dollar for every time I've done that ... 😅 Did you happen to notice that the building itself kind of looks like a giant hand flipping off the city? Check it out next time you're nearby. Thanks to @USWBat for bringing a smile to my face first thing in the AM!— RBMama (@thoss1) October 18, 2020
So proud of you! Wish I still lived in Chicago to see this ❤️❤️❤️— Julie Sanders (@IsPink2Girly) October 19, 2020
Let's Get This Great Defeat of Trump, Finally, Done!!!— Ron Kurtenbach (@KurtenbachRon) October 18, 2020
And you know that the building will be renamed as soon as it is legally feasible. I think Obama Tower is in its future.— Mark S. Novak (@Marknovakusa) October 18, 2020
Kamm Broomell shared that "voting is a heroic act" and that the bat light is meant to encourage Americans to participate in the November election. "We’ve been trying to make that connection too, that everybody can be a hero and everyone has a role to play, everybody has a responsibility and we’re sort of lighting up the sky to do that," she said.
The union has around 850,000 current and past members in steel as well as other industries across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. They launched the multi-state bat light tour in September.