A wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump that was carved from a tree just outside her hometown in Slovenia was torched and burned to the ground last week, according to Reuters:
“Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the life-sized blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him on July 5th of the incident.
“’I want to know why they did it,’ said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.”
Ironically, the statue was set on fire on the very same day the United States celebrated Independence Day and President Donald Trump made yet another speech insisting that he would refuse to allow protesters to tear down statues or monuments in the United States.
The statue of Mrs. Trump was carved using a chainsaw and virtually impossible to distinguish as the first lady. It was painted with a blue wraparound dress similar to the one she wore at the swearing in of her husband on January 20, 2017.
In January, a large wooden statue of Donald Trump was also set alight in the Slovenian town of Moravce.
In recent days, the president has repeatedly tried to use the issue of statues — especially ones that lionize former Confederate generals — to energize his core supporters as polls repeatedly show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by double-digits. Last week, the president announced that he had signed an executive order to protect such monuments:
My Executive Order to protect Monuments, Statues etc., IS IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT. In excess of a 10 year prison term. Please do not put yourself in jeopardy. Many people now under arrest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
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