The new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. was vandalized over the weekend, following Trump's repeated attacks against the Black Lives Matter movement.
Along the campaign trail, Trump has made one poor attempt after another to pander to black voters as he has come to realize he needs them if he thinks he’s going to get anywhere near the Oval Office.
Unfortunately for him, the defacing of his brand new hotel indicates that he is not making much progress with the black community.
A man was spotted spray-painting “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace” on the front entrance of the hotel on Saturday.
By Sunday, large slabs of plywood were placed to cover the graffiti, ABC News reports.
Videos circulating throughout social media show the man in plainclothes — with no form of disguise — casually walk away from the building after vandalizing it.
The establishment hasn’t even had its grand opening yet, which is set to take place later this month.
Trump’s real estate company signed a 60-year lease with the federal government in order to convert D.C.’s historic Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue into one of his lavish hotels.
The vandal has not been identified yet, but an investigation is underway, according to the director of sales and marketing for the hotel, Patricia Tang.
While vandalism is frowned upon, one can certainly understand why a person would be compelled to protest Trump in such a way.
Trump has distributed false crime statistics about black people, compared predominantly black areas to Afghanistan, and declared that African-Americans are facing their worst conditions ever, and thus have nothing to lose by voting for him.
He has berated black Americans with backhanded insults and microaggressions repeatedly.
He also suggested that he would have Black Lives Matter investigated by the FBI, should he be elected, and explicitly called the group of social justice activists, “divisive.”
The vandal’s message symbolizes that Trump’s presence on Pennsylvania Avenue is not welcome — not in the form of his new hotel and most definitely not in the White House.
Trump has yet to publicly comment on the incident, but it’s almost certain that he will use this to his own advantage to further denounce Black Lives Matter by labeling them as vandals and criminals.
Regardless of whether you agree with what the vandal did or not, it's important to remember that one person's actions are not a reflection of the entire group.
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