Trump has a pretty serious conflict of interest
Over the 115 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, there have been so many shady business dealings, constitutional violations, and potentially treasonous actions that it’s hard to give them all the attention they deserve. One of Trump’s most obvious conflicts of interest, his stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., hasn’t risen to the top of the scandal list. So artist Robin Bell put the issue front and center Monday night.
From a van parked outside of the hotel, Bell projected “Pay Trump Bribes Here,” at its entrance, catching the attention of its customers and those on social media.
Bell also projected “Emoluments Welcome,” as well as the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which states:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
The Trump Organization rents the building from the General Services Administration, which Trump also oversees as president. Many fear that foreign governments can gain access to the president or to favorable treatment by spending money at the White House-adjacent hotel. “It’s a pretty clear-cut example of impropriety,” Bell told CNN. “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.”
Monday night’s display was the fifth time Bell has projected messages aimed at Trump. Bell drove to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the president’s 100th day speech and projected “100 days of pollution” on a building near his appearance. “There will be a lot more projections to come,” Bell said. “We’re going to keep going.”