Golden Trump



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Golden Trump

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The claim: A group of evangelicals prayed over a gold statue of former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference One of the social media stars of the Conservative Political Action Conference in February was artist Tommy Zegan’s golden statue of former President Donald Trump.

Attendees stopped to take photos with the 6-foot-tall statue, replete with Trump’s customary red tie and not-so-customary American flag shorts and flip-flops, carrying a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a magic wand. But a photo shared widely on social media, including this post on Facebook, of evangelical leaders gathering around the statue to pray isn’t one of them. That image has been altered to replace Trump with the statue.

The image plays on criticism of religious conservatives that quickly emerged on social media as images of the statue circulated. Text over the top of it in the March 2 Facebook post reads “Evangelicals literally praying to a golden idol. LITERALLY.”

The Facebook user who shared the photo did not respond to a request for comment. Zegan told The New York Times that he started on the statue in 2018 because he was unhappy with others depicting the then-president. Made of fiberglass, the statue weighs in at about 200 pounds, according to Politico, and Zegan built it in Rosarito, Mexico. It was painted in Tampa, Florida, and delivered to CPAC via U-Haul. The wand in the statue’s right hand is a reference to former President Barack Obama suggesting in 2016 that Trump would need one to restore manufacturing jobs. Zegan calls the statue a “humorous caricature.”

Zegan also built a stainless steel version of the sculpture, according to his website, and plans to auction the fiberglass version from CPAC. He told CNN he hopes the stainless steel version will make it into Trump’s presidential library.
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This is propaganda because
This is attacking evangelicals AND Trump.


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