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'Pay Trump Bribes Here': Emoluments Clause Appears on DC Trump Hotel

17 May, 2017, 02:06 | Author: Melody Ballard
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"Bell, who gathered attention in 2015 for projecting "#JaredLies" in protest of Subway construction, also projected the Constitution's emoluments clause on Trump's hotel with "Emoluments Welcome" broadcasted alongside images of the Turkish, Chinese, Saudi Arabian and Russian flags. An arrow under the light projection pointed to the doors of the hotel, clearly sending the message. "This is not like politics as usual".

Hotel staff quickly asked Bell to take the projection down, CNN reported.

"I have have a no conflict situation because I'm President.it's a nice thing to have", he repeated to reporters at a news conference in January. "The rules and the lines are being pushed so far and this seemed to be so clear to me".

His latest action, however, began to go viral on social media nearly as it was happening. "One of the things that connects us is art".

While Bell's projections were only up for about 10 minutes before security guards covered his lens, onlookers were quick to document the images and send them viral online. "They keep on giving us material to work with". "He said so much that they could figure it out". (Courtesy Liz Gorman) Artist Robin Bell said he wrote up the "Emoluments Clause" for the Monday night stunt as well.

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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.

While Trump retains an ownership stake, his son has taken over day-to-day operations of the hotel.

Leading Democrats have joined ethics experts in questioning why the General Services Administration, which oversees the lease, did not move to terminate the agreement once Trump was elected, because the deal includes a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit" from the project. Yet another featured an excerpt of the emoluments clause from the U.S. Constitution, which restricts members of the U.S. government from receiving gifts from foreign powers. Then he projected "100 days of pollution" to commemorate Trump's 100th day in office.

Bell says he enjoys doing these guerrilla projects since they can transform a random government building into a wild conversation piece.

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