Trump's 'Banned' Words Like 'Fetus' Projected Onto His Hotel by Human Rights Activists

"Transgender." "Diversity." "Science-based." "Fetus." "Vulnerable." "Evidence-based." "Entitlement."

The Human Rights Campaign projected those words it believes the Trump administration banned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using onto Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night.

"Our display concludes with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community: 'we will not be erased,'" the civil rights organization tweeted.

.@HRC partnered with artist Robin Bell (@bellvisuals) to project every ‘banned word’ across the front of Trump’s DC Hotel. Our display concludes with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community: “we will not be erased.”

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017

The campaign's action was sparked by a Washington Post report on Friday that stated that the Trump administration prohibited CDC policy analysts from using the seven words in official documents for next year's budget.

Whether the Trump administration actually put out that directive came into question a day later when The New York Times published its own report that cast some doubt on whether there was an outright ban.

"The assertion that (Health and Human Services) has 'banned words' is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process," Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the agency, told the Times in an email. "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."

Several government officials suggested that there wasn't an outright ban on words, but rather a suggestion to avoid them in order to coax anti-science Republicans into including money for their proposals in the budget.

"It's not about censoring what CDC can say to the American public," a former federal official told the Times. "It's about a budget strategy to get funded."

However, some scientists said that avoiding some words could steer policy direction at the CDC.

"If you are saying you cannot use words like 'transgender' and 'diversity,' it's a clear statement that you cannot pay attention to these issues," Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University's School of Public Health, told the Associated Press.

The Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress have pushed some anti-LGBTQ policies in the past year, including an attempt to bar transgender people from joining the military. They also have scaled back policies aimed at combating climate change.

Tuesday night was not the first time activists have criticized Trump at his hotel. Washington, D.C., resident Robin Bell in August projected, "The president of the United States is a known racist and a nazi sympathizer," "This is not a drill," and, "We are all responsible to stand up and end white supremacy. #Resist."