In Washington D.C., the law states that only people “of good character” can hold a liquor license for their restaurant or bar. By that rule, the Trump International Hotel should have its license revoked, a complaint filed to the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board states.
“Donald Trump, the true and actual owner of the Trump International Hotel, is not a person of good character,” the complaint reads, according to The Hill. “The Trump International Hotel nonetheless currently holds a Class C/H license issued by the Board.”
The complaint was a group effort. According to the BBC, two former judges, two rabbis and three pastors are among the signees. The reason for the complaint stems from accusations of sexual assault, his “many outright racist comments,” his alleged relationship with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, and for “lying for years” about his net worth. The complaint also lists Trump’s “failure to abide by the law and to repudiate associations with known criminals.”
The Alcoholic Beverage Control board typically looks into character judgments either before granting liquor licenses or when a license is up for renewal. Recent events make this a special case, though, the complaint states.
“There is no statutory exception for the rich or the powerful,” the complaint reads. It continues that despite Trump being president, “he is subject to the same good character requirement that applies to all other licensees.”
The D.C. hotel has been a point of contention since first leased by Trump, and not just because of $100 cocktails. The lease for the Old Post Office building where the hotel is located states that, “No member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease.” To get around that, the lease is under an LLC called Trump Old Post Office. The liquor license complaint asks that the hotel’s true licensee show up before the ABC board and make the case for why the license shouldn’t be revoked.
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hasn’t made a statement regarding the complaint.