Trump’s own building ridiculed him for a little while, thanks to a projection from an artistic protester.
Washington DC artist Robin Bell had a few choice words for President Trump on Monday night. At about 9:30 p.m., the facade of the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue displayed three messages in a row, all projected onto the building by Bell. Every projection was positioned right above one of the entrances to the hotel, with the letters about a foot or two tall.
One of the messages showed an arrow pointing to the entrance of the hotel, with the phrase “Pay Trump Bribes Here.” Another displayed a Turkish flag and the words “Emoluments Welcome,” potentially because Trump is due to meet with the Turkish president later this week. A third display was Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the emoluments clause in the Constitution, the one Trump has allegedly violated in his short time in office so far.
Bell told The Washington Post that he displayed the letters with a big video projector on the 12th Street side of the building. A passerby saw him at 9:30, but he was gone within an hour. Bell also told the Post that a couple people he thought were security guards told him he shouldn’t be projecting anything onto the building. In response, Bell packed up and went home.
Some have questioned the authenticity of the photographs showing the projection, which first appeared on social media. But the letters appear to conform to the stone entrance’s shape, giving the photos more credibility – add in the artist himself and the witness, and the writing’s definitely on the wall.
[Photo: Liz Gorman]