Protester Tries to Light Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Protester Tries to Light Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man tried to set himself on fire outside of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to protest what he called the president-elect’s lack of “respect” for the U.S. Constitution.


Police said they were called to the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just a few blocks from the White House, on Tuesday night following a report of a person in distress.

The unidentified 45-year-old man, reportedly from California, told News4’s Shomari Stone that he self-immolated using a lighter and accelerant “to protest the fact that we elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”

The Trump International Hotel opened in October and is on the inaugural parade route Donald Trump will take Friday as he makes his way from the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to The Washington Post, the man was taken to a hospital with what were described as third-degree burns on about 10 percent of his body.

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