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Robert Bell Makes Statement With Message To Visitors Of Trump’s DC Hotel

Those that passed by the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Monday Night were greeted with quite a sight. A mysterious message appeared on the building’s facade, and passersby were undoubtedly intrigued by what it said.

"Pay Trump bribes here," the message read.

As CNN shares, this wasn’t some gag by a hidden camera show, but rather the brainchild of an innovative artist and filmmaker named Robin Bell. He wanted to call attention to something that he feels is far more than just bad optics. Bell is concerned that foreign leaders are staying at the hotel, which is just a few blocks from the White House, and then essentially being given free reign to visit Trump in the West Wing.

"It's a pretty clear cut example of impropriety. This is not like politics as usual. The rules and the lines are being pushed so far and this seemed to be so clear to me," Bell said.

Trump has previously denied any accusations of impropriety, noting that "the law is totally on my side, meaning, the President can't have a conflict of interest." He would follow that up by informing the world that "I have have a no conflict situation because I'm President ... it's a nice thing to have."

Other observers see things differently, Bell included. In addition to the provocative message about bribes, Bell also projected the full text of the emoluments clause onto the building. The clause specifically prohibits US officials from accepting gifts from foreign leaders, and Bell sees this situation as a blatant violation of that. While there have been no reports of foreign leaders staying at the property for free, there’s simply far too much wiggle room for things to fly under the radar.

This wasn’t the first time Bell has projected a message onto the hotel. Bell says he’s done it five times so far, and he intends to keep on going. He also took his projector on the road to travel to a Trump event that marked his 100th day in office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For that one, Bell projected a message of "100 days of pollution" onto a nearby building.

"There will be a lot more projections to come. We're going to keep going," Bell continued.

If nothing else, Bell has found a way to draw some attention to issues he feels are being swept under the carpet.

Source: CNN
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