On Friday, an artist collective known as the Trump Statue Initiative (TSI) has installed three “living statues” around Washington D.C. with live actors covered head to toe in gold and reimagining grotesque moments of selfishness from the presidency of Donald Trump.
The pedestals on the statues read, “45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, Destroyer of Civil Rights and Liberties.”
The three statues, unveiled Friday morning, depict Trump differently: “The Poser” shows him holding a Bible while police beat a Black Lives Matter protestor, “The Bunker” (installed in front of Trump’s D.C. Hotel) has Trump holding a teddy bear and watching Fox News while seated in a bunker under the White House, and “Now Go Back to School” (installed in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza) depicts him telling a young person in a coronavirus face mask to return to school while Trump holds a golf club.
Filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Bryan Buckley told The Hill that he curated the three statues. The idea came to Buckley in June after officers gassed protestors outside of the White House so Trump could pose for photos at St. John’s Episcopal Church while holding up a Bible — Buckley called it Trump’s “defining moment.”
Buckley said that statues seemed an especially apt way to draw attention to Trump now that there’s a national conversation about removing statues of Confederate leaders and other slave-owners.
The TSI says it hopes to inspire other performance artists to use their talents. The group urges everyone to register to vote on November 3, and it plans to take its living statues to less friendly areas of the U.S. to ignite conversations around Trump and his legacy.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene Said She Stopped Posting Conspiracies After Her Campaign. She Lied.
In her Thursday floor speech before the House voted to strip her of all her committee assignments, Republican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said that since she started running for office, she never voiced support for any of the extremist conspiracy theories that she had previously touted on social media. However, that’s a lie.
“I never said once during my entire campaign QAnon,” Greene said in her Thursday speech. “I never once said any of the things that I am being accused of today during my campaign. I never said any of these things since I have been elected for Congress. These were words of the past.”
To be clear, Greene wasn’t “accused” of saying extremist things in the past — she outright said them using her own social media account. It’s not an accusation that she advocated for violence against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama, said that an airplane never hit the Pentagon during the September 11 terrorist attacks, said all school shootings were staged events meant to increase firearm regulations and said that wealthy Jews used a space laser to start the 2020 West Coast wildfires. She said them. Full stop.
But as recently as January 31, Green posted a tweet that basically called anyone who opposed her a pedophile, a dog whistle to her QAnon supporters.
“What would the list of the anti-Trump pedos and associates look like?” her tweet began. “It would likely contain all of the people currently frothing with MTG hate. List though. Isn’t that what they do? They put us all on list. After me, they are coming for more Republicans on their list.”
What would the list of the anti-Trump pedos and associates look like?
It would likely contain all of the people currently frothing with MTG hate.
Isn’t that what they do?
They put us all on list.
After me, they are coming for more Republicans on their list. https://t.co/SQJdnSHJ2M
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 1, 2021
Pedos, in this case, isn’t merely a gross insult accusing her opponents of child rape, its a thinly veiled reference to QAnon, a conspiracy theory that thinks that Democrats and Hollywood elites are running an international, Satanist cannibalistic child-sex trafficking and torture ring, and it fits in with Greene’s past statements in support of QAnon.
In the past, Greene has accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of slicing off a child’s face and wearing it before drinking the child’s blood. She also accused Obama of starting a citizenship program for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children just so he could molest kids and harvest their organs.
While she may not have actually uttered the word “QAnon” since she began her run for office, she doesn’t need to. QAnon supporters are great at picking up dog whistles and keywords like “pedos” to identify their enemies and allies. And Greene knows as well as anyone else that when you accuse someone of raping and slaughtering children, you’re also calling for violence against that person, whether you outright state it or not.
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