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No performance, all art

February 26, 2021, Orlando, Florida, USA: Attendees are photographed with the wildly popular ‘Golden Don’ statue of President Trump in the exhibit hall at CPAC at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on Friday, February 26, 2021. (Credit Image: © TNS via ZUMA Wire)

About that golden tRump idol at CPAC (Politico, if you’ve sworn it off for Lent):

“It was made in Mexico,” said artist TOMMY ZEGAN, who traveled all the way to CPAC from Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives as an American expat on a permanent resident visa.

You can see him at work here, and at some point there will be 9″ versions available through www.trumpmagic2020.com. But for now you can sign up to be bombarded with demands for cash.

Zegan – who said he only voted for tRump the first time because Clinton is icky – is hoping someone will offer him $100,000 for it. According to his website he had originally planned to raffle it off, with most of the proceeds going to “an approved 501(c)3 agency that provides financial assistance to disabled veterans and to a the Trump 2020 campaign.” That didn’t work out, obviously.

He is out of pocket $50,000 – his life savings – for a stainless steel version that he hopes will fetch over $1 million. But he’d be fine if it winds up in the Emperor Tang Repository of Remaindered Copies of Art of the Deal.

At least he’s aware DJT won’t shell out the $$$ for it, but he is also on the record as thinking The Apprentice was stupid, so unless he can convincingly squawk Fake News! it’s not going in the library.

At 6’3″ the stainless steel statue is as tall as its inspiration, and just as fragile.

The sculpture must be handled with kid gloves as it is vulnerable to damage if not protected and  handled carefully when moved.

From the same article: Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) pointed out the most interesting thing from the infodump, and what it says about Politico’s coverage of tRump.

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