These pictures started popping up on my Facebook feed last night… photos of a light projection showing protest messages across the front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, including one with an arrow pointing to the hotel’s entrance that said,
Pay Trump Bribes Here
The artist behind the projections, Robin Bell told BuzzFeed News,
“It was about 10 minutes before the security came. They blocked the projector.”
People who saw the projections shared pics of it online. Others said “Emoluments Welcome” with an “Open 24 Hour” motel sign and one showed the text from the Emoluments Clause, the part of the Constitution that watchdog groups have said blocks Trump-owned businesses from accepting payments from foreign governments.
Bell said he chose to show flags in his projection of “the countries we know for sure are paying Trump money.” …Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Bell said that it was the fifth time he had successfully projected images on Trump’s DC hotel, just a few blocks from the White House.
“I’m starting to feel at home there. Unfortunately he keeps doing horrible things, so we keep having to go back there.”
Bell is also an activist and spent last summer traveling around the south with a group called the 1 In 3 Campaign, which works to secure women’s access to abortion and reproductive health care. Bell projected images onto state capitals while women read their stories about abortion.
Bell said he hopes his projections make people stop and think, and maybe even applaud and chuckle.
“One of the best moments tonight was one of the big tourists buses stopped in front of the hotel, and everyone started to clap. That was amazing.”