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Political Artist Projects Giant Insults Onto Trump International Hotel

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"Pay Trump Bribes Here."

As an act of public protest, an artist has been busy projecting various insults onto Washington D.C.'s Trump International Hotel. One projection reads "Pay Trump Bribes Here" above the building's entrance, while another says "Open 24 Hours."

The man behind the work is Robin Bell, a social justice artist, activist and multimedia journalist, who's been projecting phrases onto the property since last year's November election.

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.

"[They are] the countries we know for sure are paying Trump money," Bell told Buzzfeed, speaking to the emoluments clause, which prevents American federal officials from accepting money from foreign governments. This is the basis for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's current lawsuit against President Trump.

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.

"One of the best moments tonight was one of the big tourists buses stopped in front of the hotel, and everyone started to clap," Bell told Buzzfeed. "That was amazing."

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