This CPAC ‘golden calf’ Trump statue was made in China, artist says
It’s pure Twitter gold.
The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, kicked off in Orlando, Florida last week with someone strolling around a golden statue of Donald Trump.
And the inevitable comparisons to the Old Testament story of the Israelites worshiping a false idol in the form of a golden calf have spread across social media faster than you can say “Moses.” In fact, “golden calf” and related terms like “Moses” and “CPAC” were soon trending on Twitter Friday morning.
But wait, there’s more: It turns out that this golden Trump statue was made in China, though artist Tommy Zegan previously said it was built in Mexico. Zegan’s business partner Jose Mauricio Mendoza confirmed to Politico that the piece was made at the Shijiazhuang D & Z Sculpture Co. factory in China. “Everything is made in China,” Mendoza said. “I want to be honest, because if I want to sell these statues, they have to be real.”
Mendoza added that he was the original “architect” of the golden idol, not Zegan, and that he modeled the statue after a Trump figure. But Zegan was initially credited with designing the statue because “no one is going to buy ‘Jose’ items, at least not a statue of Donald Trump,” Mendoza said.
As for fake idol references, here’s a quick Sunday School reminder on the Bible trivia:
While Moses was away to receive the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Israelites suffered from a crisis of faith. So they handed over their gold ornaments and jewelry for building a calf for worship. This angered both God and Moses, who had recently driven the Israelites away from Egyptian slavery. And on his return, an angry Moses destroyed the false idol by burning it and crushing it to powder, scattering the ashes in the water and forcing the Israelites to drink it.
It’s no surprise, then, that Trump’s golden statue has inspired jokes and political commentary of biblical proportions on social media. Many have called on conservatives to worship a ‘false idol’ by continuing to follow the former president, who has been indicted twice and undermined the US presidential election process by pushing debunked and baseless claims that an election he claimed to have won was stolen. of him, even as President Joe Biden racked up an extra 7,058,909 votes.
There were also plenty of irreverent jokes at the expense of the statue’s appearance, which gilded the former president in a pair of star-studded swim shorts and flip-flops, and placed him in a position that resembled the character of cartoon Bart Simpson on a skateboard, if not a statue of Bob’s Big Boy.
Last weekend’s Conservative conference marked Trump’s first public appearance after the presidential election when he gave the opening address on Sunday.
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However, the part of the GOP that is still on board with Trump has been the subject of much debate. Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, third House Republican, said, “I don’t think he should play a role in the party’s future” after the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. Trump was indicted for inciting a riot, but the Senate acquitted him last month, with seven Senate Republicans joining all Democrats and Independents in finding Trump guilty.
Yet former Rep. Joe Walsh countered in an essay published last week that there is no Republican Civil War. In addition, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said last Thursday that he would “absolutely” support Trump if he were to become the GOP presidential candidate in 2024, although he said in the Senate there is just a few weeks away that “Trump is practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events” of January 6.