CPAC’s Golden Trump Statue Highlights GOP’s Literal Idolization Of Ex-POTUS

(Screencap: William Turton/Twitter)
February 26, 2021 11:09 a.m.

Oh come on, this is just too on the nose.

Despite having unleashed a mob of his bloodthirsty supporters upon the Capitol in his desperate pursuit to steal the election last month, ex-President Donald Trump is being fêted at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) almost as a god-king – a characterization that may have once been seen as an exaggeration of conservatives’ loyalty to Trump until this happened:

That’s right: You’re witnessing an actual golden statue of the former president being paraded around CPAC’s convention halls.

Get TPM in your inbox, twice weekly.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Perhaps the idol shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise; the CPAC theme this year is “America Uncanceled,” and its panel lineup shows how the convention, which began on Thursday, is largely serving as grievance-fest for Trump and his foot soldiers, with little focus on an actual policy agenda.

“The idea that we’re going to come up with some kind of conservative platform at CPAC, it rings a little hollow,” American Conservative Union chair and CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp told the Washington Post. Instead, the convention runners aim to “cover the facts” about the 2020 election that Schlapp claims the media had “canceled.”

In essence, the event promises to boost Trump’s lies about the election being “rigged” against him through voter fraud (it wasn’t). The former president will give a closing speech at the convention, and the golden statue will stand proud.

Once the video of the statue went viral, comparisons to the biblical fable of the golden calf that drew God’s wrath at the Israelites were inevitable:

Latest News
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Editor for Content Strategy and Audience Development:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: