After the Trump administration banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words in official documents, an LGBTQ advocacy organization trolled the president by projecting them onto Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.
The Trump administration told officials at the CDC to avoid seven words in official documents, according to a Friday Washington Post story. The words include transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Draft budgets using these words were sent back to the organization with the words circled for “correction,” the Post reported.
According to a tweet sent out by the Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday night, the group paid to project the seven words onto Trump’s D.C. property.
.@HRC protested tonight in a display projected on @realDonaldTrump’s DC Hotel. The projection rotated words Trump-Pence administration has reportedly banned at the CDC and ended with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017
According to the tweet, the group also projected the phrase “We will not be erased” onto the building.
In an email statement to the New York Times, agency spokesman Matt Lloyd called the Post’s report a “complete mischaracterization” of the budget drafting process. “H.H.S. will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. H.H.S. also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”
A former federal official, who remained anonymous, called the move “absurd and Orwellian” to the Times. The official added that it’s not actually a ban, but a strategy to get funded by a Republican congress.