Anti-Trump Protester: 'I Tried to Set Myself on Fire'

He is taken to hospital after incident outside Trump hotel in DC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2017 4:17 AM CST
The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – A man protesting the election of Donald Trump outside Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, on Tuesday night was taken to the hospital for burns after a small fire erupted in a pile of debris. But the reason the story is making headlines is this: “I tried to set myself on fire as an act of protest," the man tells NBC Washington. He used a lighter and some kind of accelerant and ended up with third-degree burns on 10% of his body, reports the Washington Post. He has been identified only as a 45-year-old from California, and it was unclear whether he would face charges. He told the TV station he started the blaze "to protest the fact that we’ve elected somebody completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States." He also called Trump a "dictator." (Read more protester stories.)

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