On Tuesday night, a protester outside of Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel set a large pile of debris on fire and claimed that he meant to set himself ablaze as well in protest of what he called the election of a “dictator.”
“We have a dictator that has been elected,” the man told WRC-TV, just moments before he seemed startled by the fire’s explosion.
“Why would you do this?” the reporter then asked.
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“I tried to set myself on fire as an act of protest … to protest the fact that we’ve elected somebody completely incapable of respecting the constitution of the United States,” the man replied.
The man was reportedly hospitalized, and according to the Washington Post, he had third-degree burns on about 10% of his body. It is unclear if the man will face any charges for his actions.
The D.C. hotel, which opened in October, had been the frequent site of protests as the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump grows closer and closer.
The hotel itself has been defaced several times, notably in October when the words “No justice, no peace” were spray-painted on the building and then again in November when protesters supposedly with the Million Mask March spray painted “We Suck” on the building.