“House of Cards” Show Creator Urging Americans to Bother Trump


“House of Cards” developer Beau Willimon is urging Americans to plague Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington with constant phone calls in order to ask when the president-elect will “sell [it] to remove conflict of interest.” On Wednesday, the Hollywood producer tweeted out instructions to his 45,000 followers:

“The Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. is only blocks away from the White House. If Trump does not sell the hotel he will profit from diplomats, lobbyists and special interests seeking to curry favor with his administration, or who hope avoid retaliation for giving business to his competitors. By flooding the hotel with calls, we can apply both public and media pressure for Trump to sell the hotel — the only surefire way to prevent such conflicts of interest.”

Willimon does request in his script that callers “be polite” and not to “bully or use foul language” when calling in:

“The folks at reception are just doing their jobs. It’s not their fault that Trump is profiting from conflicts of interest. The goal is to have enough incoming calls that the message gets kicked up to their bosses, and eventually reaches the press and Trump himself.”

Willimon, who also wrote and produced George Clooney’s 2011 film “The Ides of March,” is joining the league of politicians such as Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Tom Carper (Del.) on the matter. Last month, the aforementioned senators submitted requests to the General Services Administration, asking them to probe Trump’s federal lease for the luxury hotel in downtown Washington.

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