A golden statue of former President Trump was unveiled late Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., quickly prompting ridicule from social media users, many of whom compared it to the Old Testament account of the Golden Calf.
Video showed the statue being rolled out through hallways at the annual right-wing conference. The structure includes a golden figure of Trump wearing a suit jacket and red tie, paired with American-flag shorts and flip flops.
Several people stopped to pose with the statue, with one woman saying, “Awesome,” and another person commenting, “That is so cool.” Another person can then be heard in the video starting to chant, “four more years.”
Despite the praise from attendees, social media users argued that the statue showed some conservatives’ unhealthy obsession with Trump, with one Twitter user jokingly writing, “I asked CPAC if they were afraid of offending God with a golden Trump statue and they said ‘Trump is God.’”
I asked CPAC if they were afraid of offending God with a golden Trump statue and they said "Trump is God."
(I'm kidding, I think)pic.twitter.com/tW0zFobjyh
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 26, 2021
Others, including University of Virginia Center for Politics founder and Director Larry Sabato, connected the statue to the book of Exodus.
In the Old Testament story, the Golden Calf was worshipped by the Israelites in the absence of Moses as he went up to Mount Sinai. In the Bible, God punished those who worshipped 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
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