As the inauguration nears, protests in Washington are spreading. On Tuesday night, one of these protesters set himself on fire outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to make his disdain clear.
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D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the call, though it was unclear if he intended to commit suicide.
“We did arrive and did find a male adult with burns and we transported that patient to an area hospital with potential but not life-threatening burns,” DC Fire and EMS Department spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN.
“We have a dictator that has been elected,” the 45-year-old man, who has not yet been identified said before being taken to a hospital where he was treated for his burns.
Reporters were on scene quickly, and were able to ask the man some questions before he was taken away. “I tried to light myself on fire as an act of protest!” He said.
“(I’m protesting) the fact that we’ve elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”
He is reported to have third-degree burns over 10 percent of his body, but was able to walk in search of help.
Witnesses describe the attempted immolation as somewhat ambiguous. While some reports claim he set himself on fire, others suggest he had only intended to burn his clothing, and that the burns he received were accidental.
“He set himself on fire and as flames ran up his back he yelled Trump several times then lay down in the street. (He) then walked over to the police/security,” Michael Shoag told The Daily Mail.
The Trump International Hotel, built into the historic Washington D.C. Post Office, is on the route that the Presidential motorcade will take on Friday.
No word yet on if the man will face charges. At the time of writing, he had been admitted to a hospital, but not arrested.