It’s pure Twitter gold.
The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, kicked off in Orlando, Florida last week with a person rolling 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 last Friday morning.
But wait, there’s more: it turns out that this golden statue of Trump 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 straight, 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 bobblehead. But Zegan was initially credited with designing the statue because “no one is going to buy ‘Jose’ stuff, at least not a statue of Donald Trump,” Mendoza said.
As for false references to idols, here’s a quick Sunday School reminder on the Bible anecdote:
While Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Israelites suffered from a crisis of faith. So they put back their gold ornaments and jewelry for building a calf to worship. This angered both God and Moses, who had recently removed the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. And on his return, an angry Moses destroyed the false idol by burning it and powdering it, throwing the ashes into the water and forcing the Israelites to drink it.
It’s no surprise, then, that Trump’s golden statue has inspired jokes and political comments 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 impeached twice and who has undermined the U.S. electoral process by pushing debunked and baseless claims that an election that he claimed to have won handily had been stolen. of him, even as President Joe Biden racked up an additional 7,058,909 votes.
There were also a lot of irreverent jokes at the expense of the statue’s appearance, which gilded the former president in a pair of starry shorts and flip flops, and placed him in a position that resembled the cartoon character. Bart Simpson on a skateboard, if not a statue of Bob’s Big Boy.
Last weekend’s conservative conference marked Trump’s first post-presidential public appearance when he gave the opening speech on Sunday.
However, the part of the GOP that is still on board with Trump has been the subject of much debate. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third House Republican, said “I don’t believe he should play a role in the party’s future” after the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. Trump was impeached 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. Additionally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said last Thursday that he would “absolutely” support Trump if he became the GOP presidential candidate in 2024, although he said in the Senate a few weeks ago at barely that “Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events” of January 6.