'Pay Trump bribes here' sign projected onto Trump's DC hotel

Raquel Nash
May 17, 2017

Opened last fall, the Trump International Hotel occupies the Old Post Office building that's being leased out by the General Services Administration (GSA). "That's clear, I don't need to embellish".

One of his slides, which Bell said he finished on the drive to the hotel, explains the Constitution's Emoluments Clause that prohibits US officials from accepting foreign gifts.

Besides the "Trump bribe" and "emoluments welcome" projection, Bell also projected the words of the emolument clause, which reads, "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of Congress, accept any present, emolument, office, or title, or any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state".

An artist/hero in Washington D.C. has truly done the Lord's work tonight. Within the first week of his presidency, Trump was slapped with a lawsuit by a group of prominent ethics attorneys alleging that Trump actively violated the clause by collecting revenue from the Trump Organization, which owns hotels frequented by officials from foreign governments.

Referring to the hotel in a November interview with The New York Times, Trump said "the law is totally on my side, meaning, the President can't have a conflict of interest". This is the basis for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's current lawsuit against President Trump.

The message was projected on the hotel the same night that news broke about President Trump's reported decision to leak highly classified information to top Russian diplomats.

"That is one of the big things that I'm trying to do - using our artwork to explain these stories that are tricky" said Bell, an artist and filmmaker based in the District.

Bell told CNN it was the fifth time he's projected a message on the Trump International Hotel, and he has no plans of stopping.

The latest projections on Trump's hotel were only up for about 10 minutes, but Bell is pleased that the images resonated with so many people. "He said so much that they could figure it out".

Bell has said that projections are an effective form of protest because they send a message without vandalizing property. "Unfortunately he keeps doing awful things, so we keep having to go back there".

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