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Lawmakers ask gov't to prevent Trump from putting name on Washington hotel

Aug 19, 2015
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Two Democratic lawmakers have asked the U.S. government to prohibit Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from displaying his name on the facade of his new hotel in Washington after his "insulting" comments about Latinos and women.

The request was made by Congressmen Ruben Gallego and Tony Cardenas in a letter dated Aug. 13 sent to the Department of the Interior and the General Services Administration and published on Wednesday by several media outlets.

"Trump's recent and repeated remarks disparaging women, Mexican-Americans, and other Latinos are hateful, divisive, and completely inaccurate," the lawmakers wrote.

"As a result of these comments, the Trump name is now inextricably linked to the anti-Immigrant, anti-Latino sentiments that he continues to loudly and publicly espouse," they said.

Thus, the pair urge the government to use its full legal authority to prevent Trump from prominently displaying his surname on the new hotel.

The latest Trump International Hotel belongs to the real estate magnate's hotel chain and is being constructed in Washington in the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Ave., quite near the White House.

To back up their request, the congressmen cite the recent refusal by the Interior Department to renew the lease for the Washington Redskins' old stadium as a precedent, claiming that the department should continue to "prohibit the display of racist or insensitive emblems on land it controls."

Although the building was bought by Trump in August 2013 during negotiations with the General Services Administration, it remains under the National Parks Service's management.

The current frontrunning Republican presidential hopeful, according to the latest voter opinion surveys, Trump has called certain women "pigs" and "animals," and he has referred to Mexican immigrants in the United States as "criminals" and "rapists."

In addition, he recently presented a harsh immigration plan and said that, if he is elected president, he will deport all undocumented foreigners and end the bestowing of birthright citizenship stipulated in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

As other companies and individuals have done in response to Trump's comments about immigrants, Spanish chef Jose Andres cancelled his agreement to manage the main restaurant at the magnate's new Washington hotel.

Trump has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Andres.