A golden statue of the former President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. Calls Withdrawn Bruce Springsteen Positions A ‘Liberal Privilege’ Schiff Sees Challenges For The Intelligence Committee, Trump McConnell Shadow Community Says It Would Back Trump As Republican Candidate In 2024 MORE was unveiled Thursday night at tThe Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, quickly sparked ridicule from social media users, many of whom compared it to the Old Testament account of the golden calf.
Video shown the statue was displayed through the halls at the annual right-wing conference. The structure includes a golden figure of Trump in a suit jacket and red tie, paired with shorts and flip flops with the American flag.
Several people stopped to pose with the statue, one woman said “Impressive” and another person commented, “That’s great.” Then someone else in the video can be heard beginning to sing, “four more years.”
Despite praise from attendees, social media users argued that the statue showed some conservatives’ unhealthy obsession with Trump, and one Twitter user jokingly wrote: “I asked CPAC if they were afraid to offend God with a golden statue of Trump and they said ‘Trump is God.
I asked CPAC if they were afraid to offend God with a golden statue of Trump and they said “Trump is God.”
(I’m kidding I think)pic.twitter.com/tW0zFobjyh
– Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 26, 2021
Others, including the founder and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, Larry Sabato, connected the statue to the book of Exodus.
In Old Testament history, the golden calf was worshiped by the Israelites in the absence of Moses as he climbed Mount Sinai. In the Bible, God punished those who worshiped the golden structure instead of him, destroying the calf and killing about 3,000 people.
Ah, the golden calf. Cue Moses. https://t.co/uG2yPbMS14
– Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) February 26, 2021
Al Cárdenas, former president of the American Conservative Union (ACU), tagged the organization in a Twitter post that shared the video on Friday morning, writing: “It all comes down to this. Worshiping the Gold Defendants “.
It all comes down to this. Worshiping the accused gold @ ACU https://t.co/q6VxHPUnQZ
– Al Cárdenas (@AlCardenasFL_DC) February 26, 2021
Trump is expected to speak at CPAC on Sunday, marking his first public appearance since leaving office and after being acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial.
It is expected that he going on the offensive against President Biden in his speech, as well as hinting at, but not announcing, a 2024 presidential bid.
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