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

Justin Greene
May 17, 2017

Immediately after Trump was sworn in January 20, the GSA was faced with the question of whether Trump Old Post Office LLC had violated a clause in the lease prohibiting elected officials from being "admitted to any share or part" of the lease. "The rules and the lines are being pushed so far and this seemed to be so clear to me".

From a van parked across the street, he also projected the entirety of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits U.S. officials from accepting foreign gifts.

Trump is now facing a lawsuit filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that alleges he is violating the clause by accepting payments from foreign states through his hotel. Earlier this year, a D.C. wine bar filed a lawsuit against Trump alleging the five-star hotel had an unfair advantage in attracting customers.

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". His efforts date well before Trump's presidency, with messages of support for Black Lives Matter and poop emojis in opposition to a new Subway in Mount Pleasant, illuminations in support of abortion rights on the Supreme Court building, and projections highlighting labor rights on the World Bank building.

Before Trump became President, he transferred control of his vast business holdings to his older sons and a Trump Organization executive.

He also added that it's (roughly) the fifth time he's managed to get his art on the face of Trump's D.C. hotel - again, practically in POTUS' backyard - since he took office.

Bell has said that projections are an effective form of protest because they send a message without vandalizing property. "One of the things that connects us is art".

Though up but for a brief moment in the late hours of Monday, Bell's projected light show caught the attention of communities on Reddit and Twitter, with an image of the "Trump Bribes" message receiving more than 100,000 upvotes on the former platform in the 10 hours since its posting. His favorite part of the night came, he said, when an open-top tour bus drove by and riders started to cheer. "Unfortunately he keeps doing disgusting things, so we keep having to go back there".

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