If you listen closely, you might hear carolers in Dupont Circle. But they’re not singing traditional yuletide melodies, they’re belting out tunes about president-elect Donald Trump.
Singers with the caroling group “War On Christmas Carols” visited the circle Monday and Tuesday this week to spread holiday cheer and jeers.
Take a listen to “Tiny Hands,” a riff on “Jingle Bells”:
"Tiny Hands", to the tune of "Jingle Bells" pic.twitter.com/shc9e3ZL7I
— WarOnChristmasCarols (@WarOnXmasCarols) December 19, 2016
The group’s aim is to bring “songs of good cheer for this trashfire year,” according to its Twitter account. Follow along to see where they visit next.
A “solidarity hug-in” is scheduled to take place around the Dupont Circle fountain at 6:15 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.
Locals participating in the hug-in are instructed to turn on their phone flashlights when they arrive to show they’re in need of some TLC.
More information from the Facebook event page:
As an attempt to overcome the politics of hate and fear, let’s all get together and hug. If enough people show up, we’ll hold hands and sing, “This land is my land.” With some radical acceptance and love, maybe we can start understanding one another better and work together for a better world. I know a lot of us are feeling alone and distraught.
This is a simple way for us to remind ourselves that we are still here and we are still capable of love and hope. When you arrive, turn on the flashlight on your phone on so we know you’re there with us.
Those who can’t make it to the event but still want to participate can take a photo of themselves hugging someone and tag it with the hashtag #hugyourneighbor.
(Updated at 4:31 p.m.) Dozens of protesters gathered near the southern boundary of Dupont today to greet Donald Trump.
The protesters, many of whom came from the nearby Human Rights Campaign headquarters, stood on the corner of 17th and M streets NW and held signs that read “love conquers hate” and “Trump’s comments: the definition of racism.”
The Republican presidential nominee is visiting a law firm’s office today to be deposed in his legal dispute over a planned restaurant in his forthcoming hotel at the Old Post Office.
Trump reportedly avoided clashing with protestors on his way into the building by using a side entrance.
Naturally, other journalists took to Twitter to share their account of the protest:
DC Unite Against Hate will host a “D.C. Dumps Trump” event at the 14th Street Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW) next Wednesday, according to a Facebook event post.
The aim of the event is to register D.C. voters and to mobilize volunteers to “plug into campaigns up and down the ballot to make sure Donald Trump and other hateful candidates don’t win.”
“Whether you #feelTheBern, are #withHer, or just plain hate hate, now is not the time for political apathy,” reads the post. “We’re kicking off this initiative with a night of drinks, poetry, comedy and action at the landmark D.C. restaurant Busboys and Poets.”
One of the event’s organizers, Jen Rowland, told DCist the event will include a photo booth, trivia table and slam poet Julian David Randall.
Photo via Facebook / D.C. Dumps Trump
The rally is scheduled to occur at 9 a.m. across the street from the Lowes Madison Hotel (1177 15th St NW). Registered D.C. Republicans will meet at that hotel tomorrow at 10 am. to cast their vote for the party’s presidential nominee.
Erick Sanchez (pictured above), who last summer launched a petition to convince chef José Andrés not to open a new restaurant in Donald Trump’s forthcoming D.C. hotel, is the one organizing tomorrow’s rally.
These days, Donald Trump is after more than reality TV ratings and tea party zealots. America’s best-known real estate mogul is moving in on DC. With potential political aspirations and three recent real estate investments under his belt, I can’t help but ask: Could “The Donald” be our new neighbor?
In 2009, Trump redirected his luxury golf empire investments (already in New York, Florida and California) to the DC area, with the purchase of a Northern Virginia country club (Trump National Golf Club) that sits on the Potomac River.
Last summer, news broke that Trump purchased the infamous 1,000 plus acre Kluge estate and winery near Charlottesville. Currently, Trump’s son Eric is running the vineyard. And while the land is not in DC, like other Virginia wineries, it is considered a playground for District residents on the weekends.
And the latest on his list of DC purchases? A Pennsylvania Avenue address. (No, not that one…) This past year, Trump purchased the Old Post Office Building, with plans to turn the historic landmark into a luxury hotel with his daughter, Ivanka.
I can’t help but wonder what’s next… Will Trump be the one to swoop in and rescue the Lincoln Theatre? Maybe he will join the long list of luxury apartment and restaurant developers along the U and 14th Street NW Corridors?
Perhaps I am being too quick to react, but I can’t help myself from cringing at the thought of more Trump acquisitions in the District. Really, Donald Trump is no different from other real estate investors who want to capitalize on the up-swing of our nation’s capital, but each purchase in DC gives him more power and more ability to commercially exploit the city that I love so much. The last thing I want is for the District to be just another shiny souvenir the Trumps add to their shelf of conquests and collection of properties and brands.
Old Post Office to Become Trump Hotel
In a move that is already causing shock waves through DC, the General Services Administration selected a proposal from Trump Hotels (yes, that Trump) to redevelop the Old Post Office. The The Washington Post reports that, despite its listing on the National Register of Historical Places, the property was deemed under-utilized.
The plans from the Trumps call for a luxury hotel, “on par with the Plaza in New York” at the historic location, which maintains the historic facade and details inside.
The property now loses over $6 million a year, despite its tony address and one of the best roof views in DC. Plans for the bell tower and public roof access have yet to be released.
More Info on Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
You may have heard that California chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will make its debut in DC soon. The store will open in February (soon) in the Washington Hilton, says the Washington Business Journal. Expect free wi-fi, baked goods and plenty of conference attendees in the building better known to long time Borderstanis as the Hinckley Hilton.
Local Non-Profit Gets National Recognition
Have you been meaning to volunteer in 2012 and have yet to make it out of your house? While you should still pursue that goal, you can do a good deed for a local non-profit that is doing a load of good for girls across the globe. So go vote for Andrea Powell as one of Diane Von Furstenberg’s Awards nominees (blonde, right center). She is the executive director of FAIR Girls, which offers empowerment and education to girls in perilous situations.
FAIR Girls runs several programs, including one-on-one counseling for victims of sex trafficking, compassionate care, education and empowerment, that benefit young girls and women in DC, across the US, Bosnia, Serbia, Uganda, Russia and so on. Get involved with them here and be sure to vote today.