The phrases “Impeach Trump” and “There’s a Rapist in the White House” were projected in lights on to the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
Care2, a social network of 45 million people, beamed the messages above the entrance of the building located just a few minutes walk from the White House as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in light of the 20 women that have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. The president has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
The charity also planned on projecting “Trump Is a Serial Sexual Assaulter,” “Groper-in-Chief” and “Morally Unfit” above the hotel entrance, the last of which mimics former FBI Director James Comey’s quote about the president from a recent interview. The group has also updated a petition it started last year to impeach the president, a call echoed by some members of Congress as well, like Representatives Maxine Waters, Al Green, and Betty McCollum. Currently, the petition has 350,000 signatures.
Care2 said in a statement the goal of projecting the messages on his hotel was to honour “the survivors of Trump’s predatory behaviour”. None of the women’s allegations have been proven in a court.
“It brings attention not only to his survivors but to all survivors that this is a problem, that we cannot allow these predators in power to remain in power, and that when the election comes up we hope people remember this and people remember the survivors, and that we have the power to take them down,” Care2 strategist Lacey Kohlmoos told Newsweek.
The group is not the first to use this method of opposing the president. In December 2017, Washington DC-based advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, partnered with artist Robin Bell for the temporary installation as a “declaration from the LGBTQ community,” the group had said. The words “foetus,” “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, “vulnerable”,“evidence-based”, and “science-based” were briefly seen beamed on the front of the hotel.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was told by Trump administration it could not use those seven words in its 2019 budget documents. A CDC analyst told the Washington Post those in the agency could not believe the limits placed on it by the administration. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding’,” said the analyst.
The Post had reported that it was not a total ban on using all the seven terms. “Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based”, the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes”, the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered, the newspaper reported.