by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 10, 2015
About 200 people held a protest yesterday in front of the Trump Hotel that is under construction in Washington, D.C., speaking out against offensive remarks Donald Trump made against immigrants from Mexico when announcing his candidacy for president in June. Organized by Rep. Franklin Garcia, Sen. Paul Strauss and Sen. Michael Strauss (the D.C. Statehood Congressional Delegation), the group also included Maryland State Delegates Ana Sol Gutiérrez and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, J. Walter Tejada of the Arlington (Va.) County Board, and DC Latino Caucus president Gabriela Mossi. The protest followed the announcement that two chefs, Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian, have canceled plans to open restaurants at the hotel, which is expected to open in 2016. The Trump Organization quickly reacted to the restaurateurs' decisions, saying it would not hesitate to take legal action to recover all monies owed under the reneged deals.