A number of portable toilets, with the name Don John is covered, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Virginia-based Don’s Johns is the Washington area’s top-provider of portable toilet rentals, but the name, apparently, strikes too close to home for the first organizers. Workers have placed the blue ribbon on the brand of dozens of portable toilets installed in the vicinity of the Capitol for the inauguration. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)
It is the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect, Donald Trump inauguration.
Workers prepare for the inauguration. Jan. 20, with tape over the name of the company — “Don Johns” has long been supplied portable toilets for major outdoor events in the nation’s capital.
Virginia-based Don’s Johns has called on the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name, apparently, strikes too close to home for the organizers of the inauguration of Donald John Trump.
Workers have placed blue tape over the name of the company on dozens of portable toilets installed in the vicinity of the Capitol for the inauguration.
The name of the company clearly visible at a closer look, but is blocked for a wide-angle view by using a television or photographic camera.
Robert Weghorst, chief operating officer for Don’s Johns, said he did not know the logos were covered up, The Associated Press reported on Friday, lights his company switchboard, and the “blowing up” his social-media accounts.
“We don’t know why it is done. We don’t tell someone to do it,” he said in a telephone interview. “We are proud of our name on the units.”
A spokesman for the architect of the Capitol, which oversees the Capitol and its grounds, said the logos were covered or removed to ensure compliance with the Capitol reasons, the limitations of advertising.
Staff noted that the signs for Gene’s Johns is a competitor, the pull off also the provision of mobile toilets for the inauguration — “simple,” the spokesman said in an E-Mail. The Don John’s logos can be easily removed “and are covered with duct tape,” the E-Mail said.
Don’s Johns provided portable toilets for major events in Washington, including the 2009 and 2013 inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama, Weghorst said. No logos were taped over the course of such events, he said.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to comment.