Artist Projects The Full Text Of A Constitutional Clause Onto Trump's D.C. Hotel

If you're going to protest, this is a brilliant (and peaceful) way to do it.

In a cheeky but powerful move, an artist named Robin Bell claims to be the one behind a projection of a clause from the United States Constitution onto President Donald Trump's Washington, D.C. hotel.  

The emoluments clause, which has been a big source of controversy during Trump's presidency, prohibits federal officials from receiving money given by foreign governments.

It reads: "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."


A Plus reached out to Bell to confirm this was his work and seek comment, but he did not respond in time for publication. Meanwhile, pictures of the projection uploaded onto Twitter have been shared thousands of times.

In January, a liberal watchdog group sued President Trump claiming he had violated the emoluments clause, which before his presidency lived in relative obscurity. Journalists who have covered the case, and legal experts, are both confounded. Some believe Trump businesses receiving money from foreign governments — which Trump hotels do — is a clear-cut violation. Others claim that because a service is being provided, and the money is not a gift, Trump isn't breaking any law.

"Paying for a hotel room is not a gift or a present," Trump's attorney Sheri Dillon said at a news conference after he was elected.

While Trump may not be violating the law, the controversy around it isn't doing the president any favors. 55 percent of Americans, and 79 percent of Democrats think President Trump has more conflicts of interest than most presidents. Just 10 percent of all Americans think he has less. 

Those conflicts are an issue that may plague the presidency for years to come. And if people want to speak out about them, a peaceful demonstration like this is an effective way to do it.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Andrew Cline.


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