Living statues were installed around Washington, D.C. on Friday depicting President Trump as a "destroyer of civil rights and liberties."
A group of artists known as the Trump Statue Initiative is behind the installations, including one that depicts Trump holding up a Bible while Black Lives Matters protesters are beaten and another showing him telling a masked child to "go back to school" while holding a golf club.
"The concept is that the history he's painting of himself right now, where his narcissistic or racist or self-serving moments abound, this is what he's leaving us with," filmmaker Bryan Buckley told The Hill. Buckley, who was nominated for an Oscar this year, curated the three installations that went up around D.C. on Friday.
The initiative spent the morning depicting Trump atop a stand that reads "destroyer of civil rights and liberties" at Liberty Plaza. That "statue" was inspired by police violently clearing protesters out of Lafayette Square, near the White House, in June before Trump posed for photos in front of St. John's Episcopal Church holding up a Bible.
Buckley called it "his defining moment as president."
"That sort of spurred on the concept," he said. He noted that statues are also "top of mind" at the moment, due to the national conversation around tearing down those depicting Confederate leaders and other figures associated with slavery.
Another installation in Freedom Plaza on Friday depicted Trump sending a child back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.
_________________________ Trump asked if he could pardon himself!