Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ remark haunts him in a protest at his D.C. hotel
“This place is a shithole.”
The five-word proclamation appeared as a projection above the entryway at Washington, D.C.’s Trump International Hotel on Saturday night. The projection also included an arrow pointing directly at the hotel’s entrance and a crowd of poop emoji.
The projection is, of course, a reference to Trump’s at-best-questionable, at-worst-openly-racist comment referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and the sum total of Africa as “shithole nations” during a recent immigration policy meeting. Understandably, Trump has taken a lot of criticism for the remark.
Robin Bell, an artist and filmmaker, seemed to take credit for the projection on his Twitter feed.
Bell is no stranger to protest projections, particularly during the Trump era, as his Bell Visuals website shows. And while he didn’t overtly say “Yup, this is mine,” the projection — from its sassy voice to the text font used — is unmistakably his work.
Bell reportedly kept the projection up for about 40 minutes.
In the past, Bell has used projections to voice concerns about some of the biggest headlines of the Trump era, including banned words at the Centers for Disease Control, Jeff Sessions’ weird KKK/marijuana quote, and Trump’s Russia connections.
Bell has largely kept out of the spotlight and let his work do the talking for him. But he did open up a little about the creative intent behind these protests in a May 2017 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“I was reading this thing about when you deal with authoritarian governments, you have to create your own story,” he said. “If we’re reacting to these people all the time, they can just play us. So, part of the thing is making things that you can laugh at, that you can share, that aren’t just reacting to them.”