Golden statue of Donald Trump that was on sale for $100,000 at CPAC was actually made in China as artist admits he lied that it was created in Mexico
- The golden statue of former President Donald Trump that appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference was made in China – not Mexico
- Politico’s Playbook reported that the statue was manufactured at the Shijiazhuang D & Z Sculpture Co. factory in China
- The artist, Tommy Zegan, originally told the publication that he had hand-crafted the painted fiberglass statue in Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives as a U.S. expat
Politico’s Playbook reported Wednesday that the $100,000 statue’s artist Tommy Zegan left out that the hulking gold giant was manufactured at the Shijiazhuang D & Z Sculpture Co. factory in China.
Zegan is based in Mexico and originally told Politico that he hand-crafted the painted fiberglass statue in Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives as an American expat.
The 200 pound golden Donald Trump statue was actually manufactured in China, not crafted in Mexico as the artist originally said
Artist Tommy Zegan (right) was called out by his business partner Jose Mauricio Mendoza, who said the Donald Trump statue (left) was manufactured in China, despite Zegan being based in Mexico
CPAC attendees take photos around the 200 pound Donald Trump gold statue that the artist originally said was sculpted in Mexico
The Donald Trump statue made headlines at the Conservative Political Action Conference in advance of the real former President Donald Trump’s speech in Orlando Sunday
CPAC attendees pose with the giant Donald Trump statue outside the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, where the conference was held this year
One of Zegan’s business partners, Jose Mauricio Mendoza, contacted the publication Tuesday to call Zegan out.
‘Everything was made in China,’ Mendoza said. ‘I want to be straight, because if I’m going to sell these statues, they have to be true.’
Mendoza also claimed that the 200 pound statue was his brainchild.
‘I was the architect of this,’ he told Playbook.
Mendoza said Zegan’s name was used because ‘no one is going to buy “Jose” stuff, at least not a Donald Trump statue.’
Zegan later admitted Mendoza’s claims about the statue’s Chinese origins were true.
The actual Trump was known for rhetoric against both countries, blasting Mexico in his presidential announcement speech for sending ‘rapists’ over the border and labeling the coronavirus the ‘China virus’ during his last year in the White House.
The statue’s appearance at CPAC was one of the headlines leading up to the ex-president’s post-White House debut.
Trump spoke Sunday at the conference for 90 minutes.
The New York Post also spoke with Zegan, who explained why his Trump was dressed casually downstairs and business-like on top.
‘He’s wearing a business suit because he’s a business man. The red tie represents the Republican party, the red white and blue shorts represent the fact that he’s a patriot,’ Zegan said. Trump’s red sandals represent that he could be ‘on the beach’ if he wanted to, Zegan added.
The golden Trump is holding up a magic wand, which former President Barack Obama once said would be needed to bring back manufacturing jobs, an idea Trump ridiculed while in office.
A number of people online saw parallels between the golden Trump statue and the Biblical story of the golden calf, which teaches Christians not to worship idols.
‘Idol worship isn’t conservative,’ tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger, linking to an article about the Trump statue.
Kinzinger is among the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of Trump’s second impeachment for inciting the January 6 insurrection.