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.”
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 18, 2017
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.