The Emoluments Clause Was Projected Onto Trump International Hotel In DC

The Emoluments Clause Was Projected Onto Trump International Hotel In DC

Viewers around the country were shocked and delighted by a series of projections cast onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.

"One of the best moments tonight was one of the big tourists buses stopped in front of the hotel, and everyone started to clap", Bell said.

"It was about 10 minutes before the security came", Robin Bell, the social justice artist behind the projections, told BuzzFeed News.

Monday's display didn't last long because the hotel's staff is "pretty diligent about asking to take them down", Bell said, but that wouldn't stop him from doing it again.

Robin Bell stands near the Subway restaurant, in the District's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, that he protested in 2015 while using his projector.

While the projections were met with praise by some, supporters of the president maintain there is no proof or evidence of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation. "They keep on giving us material to work with".

Says the artist: "We're not going to slow down any time soon".

Critics of the president also joked over reports in U.S. media on the said Trump-Russia collusion.

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Instead of spray paint or flames, the defacing came in the form of a projector this time around.

Trump signed the lease in 2014, redeveloping the signature Pennsylvania Avenue property into a luxury hotel.

The slides included "Emoluments Welcome - Open 24 Hours" - a reference to the Constitutional prohibition on federal officials accepting payments from foreign states - as well as the decidedly less subtle: "Experts Agree: Trump Is a Pig".

The Trump Organization has pledged to donate profits from foreign leaders to the Treasury at the end of the year.

Bell also projected the text of the emoluments clause, which prohibits USA officials from accepting foreign gifts, onto the hotel's facade, alongside images of the Turkish and Russian flags.

In March, the GSA's contracting officer wrote to Eric Trump, the president's son, to say that the lease remained in full compliance, in part, because the president would not benefit from it financially until he left office.

Bell even has a specially outfitted van that can do mobile projections.

He also traveled to Harrisburg, Pa., in April to project protest messages against the president as he delivered a speech marking his 100th day in office.

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