Artist behind golden Trump statue at CPAC says he made it in Mexico

Source: The Hill | February 27, 2021 | Celine Castronuovo

The artist behind the golden statue of former President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend said that it was made in Mexico.

Artist Tommy Zegan, who lives in Mexico as an American expat on a permanent resident visa, told Politico Playbook on Saturday that he spent more than six months creating the 200-pound statue. 

Zegan, with the help of three men in his home city of Rosarito, constructed the statue out of fiberglass and painted it in chrome before transporting it to CPAC this weekend in Orlando, Fla. 

Zegan told Playbook that the statue, which shows Trump wearing a suit jacket and red tie as well as American flag shorts and flip-flops, is on sale for $100,000. 


Zegan, however, pushed back against this characterization of the Trump statue, which the artist said is titled “Trump and his magic wand,” referencing former President Obama’s remark that Trump did not have a magic wand to bring back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

“It’s not an idol,” said Zegan, who was a youth pastor for nearly two decades, according to Mediaite

“I know the biblical definition of an idol. This is not an idol,” he added. “This is a sculpture.”

Zegan told Playbook that he initially tried to bring the original sculpture to Mar-a-Lago for Trump’s birthday last year but said he was not able to get past security. 


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