WATCH: Donald Trump's New Luxury Washington, DC Hotel Vandalized
PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's newest hotel was vandalized over the weekend. (Photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's contentious campaign has sparked significant backlash in recent months, with racial tensions boiling over into violence at some of his rallies and, most recently, a protester vandalizing his new hotel in the nation's capital.
The recently opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. — which is located less than a mile from the White House — was vandalized over the weekend, with someone spray-painting "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice No Peace" onto the facade of the hotel's front entrance.
A Twitter user on the scene posted a short video of the incident.
Following up on the vid I just posted, here's a shot of what Trump's DC hotel looked like afterwards pic.twitter.com/1xGZLtxD1l— Angry Man (@AngryBlkManDC) October 2, 2016
According to CNN, the graffiti was quickly covered up with plywood Saturday afternoon. However, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
Saturday's incident comes one week after famous Trump supporter David A. Clarke Jr. was berated aboard a flight from Milwaukee to Charlotte and just days after Trump Hotels unveiled the name of its new lifestyle brand, Scion. Interestingly, the brand, which will target millennials, doesn't include the Trump name.
While Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said the deviation was made to allow "a clear distinction between our luxury and lifestyle brands," it's impossible to say there weren't other motivating factors given the increasingly toxic atmosphere surrounding Trump and his bid for the White House.
It's worth noting that last month's first presidential debate appeared to damage Trump's image among young people, the same group his newest hotel brand is targeting. According to Public Policy Polling, only 24 percent of young voters believe Trump won the Sept. 26 debate, while 39 percent of young voters said his performance made them less likely to vote for him in next month's election.
Although it remains to be seen how next month's election results will impact Trump and his hotel brands moving forward, it's clear his presence in the race will keep things tense in the build-up to Nov. 8.
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