A small crowd of protesters gathered outside the Trump International Hotel on Monday morning, chanting “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!” A banner read: “Immigrants and Muslims are welcome here. Trump Hotel is NOT!” The luxury hotel isn’t slated to have its grand opening until October, but Monday’s soft opening showed it’s already become a target for protest against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Both the timing of the hotel’s debut and its address seem fitting. The property is situated in between the White House and the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue. Its location ensures Trump will have a highly visible presence in the nation’s capital no matter what happens in November. But win or lose, the election could have unintended consequences for Trump’s business ventures, including his new hotel.