Even if the voters do not go his way on Election Day, Donald Trump will still have an increased presence in the nation’s capital this fall. When the Trump International Hotel opens next month in the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, it will likely be a magnet for protests in a city that is already home to many expressions of First Amendment rights. But free-speech leaders have misgivings about their ability to use the sidewalk and plaza on “America’s Main Street” to make their voices heard. We discuss the impact of Trump’s hotel and the legal issues behind free speech in D.C.’s public spaces.
- Mara Verheyden-Hilliard Executive director, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund