Artist projects 'US President is a Nazi sympathiser' onto Trump Hotel

Other messages included 'This is not a drill' and 'We are all responsible to stand up to end white supremacy'

Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Friday 18 August 2017 16:35 BST
Message projected onto Trump's international hotel: Trump is "a known racist and a Nazi sympathizer"

An artist projected the words “The President of The United States is a Known Racist and a Nazi Sympathizer” on the Trump Hotel in Washington DC amid global outcry over Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence.

Video journalist and multimedia artist Robin Bell projected messages including “This is not a drill” and “We are all responsible to stand up to end white supremacy” on to the facade of the building on Thursday night.

Mr Bell has been making protest messages for more than six years and videos of his political activism have been shared worldwide.

On Thursday, he also projected “Heather Heyer 1985-2017” onto the Newseum building in the city, a museum dedicated to freedom of expression and first amendment rights.

The 32-year-old was among three people to lose their lives in Virginia during what is believed to have been the largest gathering of far-right and white supremacists for more than a decade.

Mr Trump’s response to her death drew widespread criticism after he condemned the violence on “many sides, on many sides”.

After a global backlash, he issued a subsequent statement denouncing white supremacists.

But at a press conference on Tuesday at Trump Tower, Mr Trump reverted to his initial position.

“I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it,” he said.

“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. No one wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.”

Mr Bell also released a number of other projections in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, including projecting the words: “Remove Racism Above Above Line” onto a statue of Albert Pike, a confederate officer.

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