Artist projects words 'pay Trump bribes here' onto DC hotel

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Bell told CNN that his goal was to draw attention to accusations that Trump was allowing foreign leaders to gain access in exchange for staying at his luxury hotel.

The projections range from a somber display of the actual text of the Emoluments Clause to the more cheeky "Pay Trump Bribes Here" with an arrow, an "Emoluments Welcome" message paired with an "Open 24 Hour" sign, or a compilation of flags from Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russian Federation.

Artist Robin Bell is responsible for the projections, which quickly went viral. "If someone can laugh and look at something, and then talk about it".

One projection reads "Pay Trump Bribes Here" above the building's entrance, while another says "Open 24 Hours".

Only blocks away from the White House, a Capitol-based multimedia artist projected the Emoluments Clause across the Trump International Hotel in D.C. on Monday night, offering a fitting send-off to a night where potential constitutional crises are already on the mind of many Americans.

Monday's projections didn't last long - just 10 minutes, until a pair of security guards walked over and blocked out the light - but the photos live on in social media.

The Trump-shaming projection show did not stop there. He had been working on the idea and designing the images for more than a month. "They keep on giving us material to work with".

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

Earlier that night, about 7:30 p.m., the hotel's general manager pulled guests inside from the cafe to avoid protesters advocating for the rights of those with disabilities.

Meanwhile, the hotel has routinely become a place of protest, with scenes and signs and shouts of "shame" taking place just as often outside 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Since Trump's election and continued ownership of his stake in the project, the hotel has been dogged by criticism from ethics experts suggesting that he unfairly benefits financially from it. It didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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.

Vandals have repeatedly targeted the hotel.

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