- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A California man was hospitalized Tuesday night after he tried to light himself on fire in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., as an “act of protest” against the president-elect.

A source told The Washington Post that emergency responders found the 45-year-old man who had been using a lighter and an accelerant outside the hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW.

A construction worker who witnessed the event said the man was surrounded by flames and saying Mr. Trump’s name in what appeared to be an angry manner, The Post reported.

“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,” D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN Wednesday.

The man was said to have suffered third-degree burns on about 10 percent of his body, The Post reported.

The man, who police have not identified, said he was there from California to protest the incoming president’s policies.

“I was trying to light myself on fire as an act of protest,” he told NBC’s Shomari Stone. “To protest the fact that we’ve elected someone who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States.”

The incident came just days before Mr. Trump is to be sworn into the White House at his inauguration ceremony Friday.

The Secret Service was notified of the incident, according to D.C. police.

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