A replica of a $ 1,100 Mount Rushmore statue with the face of Donald Trump has been seen in person for the first time since it was given to the former president.
Former President Trump received the replica of the four-foot sculpture, which was adapted to include his own likeness, by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in 2020.
The gift was presented to Trump following his speech at the site on July 3, 2020, as part of the state’s July 4 celebrations.
And now the sculpture has been photographed in person for the first time, spotted sitting under a wooden table in Trump’s home in Mar-A-Lago.
The $ 1,100 replica of the Mount Rushmore statue with the face of Donald Trump was seen in person for the first time since it was given to the former president in 2020
The four-foot replica, which has been adapted to include Trump’s face, was seen sitting on a side table at Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago as he posed for a photo while receiving a honorary black belt
The former president was meeting with Lee Dong-seop, the president of Kukkiwon, also known as the world headquarters of taekwondo, when the sculpture was spotted.
Trump was holding his awarded 9th Dan honorary certificate as he smiled alongside Lee Dong-seop.
And right next to Trump, under a wooden side table, you could see the Mount Rushmore sculpture.
Reimaginations of the sculpture’s appearance had previously been published, but it is believed to be the first time the artwork has been seen in the flesh.
The mini Mount Rushmore features the typical heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln – and to the side is Trump’s own face.
As with other presidential faces, a tie, shirt collar, and jacket lapels are also visible in the likeness of Trump.
The sculpture was located on a shelf under a wooden side table, on which rest a MAGA cap and a collection of books.
And on the walls of the room were photos taken during Trump’s tenure, including his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The existence of the donation was first reported by the New York Times four days after Trump’s 2020 speech, but a photo of the sculpture showing Trump’s face engraved on Abraham Lincoln’s has not been seen so far.
Trump is believed to have received the privately funded sculpture by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on July 3, 2020, after delivering a speech at the monument.
Trump said in a tweet about a month after his speech that it “seems like a good idea” to put him on Mount Rushmore, after The Times claimed that a White House aide contacted Noem to discuss the plan .
The president, who launched the idea for a long time, denied ever having asked to be added to the monument. But, he said, it was a good idea, given his accomplishments.
After his July speech at Mount Rushmore last year, Trump tweeted that it was a “good idea” to add his face to the landmark on the sacred black hills of the Lakota people.
“This is Fake News of the failing @nytimes and bad grades @cnn,” he tweeted, responding to the article.
“I never suggested it although, based on all the many things accomplished in the first three and a half years, maybe more than any other presidency, it sounds like a good idea to me! “
Pictured: Trump and Noem are seen together on September 7, 2018, two years before he was shown the sculpture
The White House aide’s request was made last year, a Republican official said The New York Times.
The White House, when asked about the request, did not deny that it had taken place and instead responded that it was a federal monument and not a state.
Trump first raised the prospect of having his face sculpted at the historic site shortly after taking office in January 2017.
According to Leuning and Treeby – the Trump voters who created the sculpture – only three copies were made, one given to Trump and the other two to unknown donors.
Noem’s communications director Ian Fury also previously confirmed that no taxpayer money was used to fund the $ 1,100 sculpture, and instead it was paid by the two donors. .
The significance of Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore began in 1927 and was never completed. The work ended with the death of sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 1941.
The monument features the faces of four former US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
They were selected before the other presidents by the artist Borglum because in his eyes they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.
George Washington, the very first President of the United States, was chosen because of his role during the United States War of Independence to gain independence.
He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation for American democracy – leading Borglum to give him the greatest prominence among the faces of the monument.
Thomas Jefferson, the third American president, was chosen because of his role as one of the main authors of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition, he bought the territory of Louisiana from France in 1803, which doubled the size of America at the time.
Theodore Roosevelt is also on the monument and was selected because it represented the development of the United States during the 20th century.
He oversaw the rapid economic growth of the country and played a crucial role in the negotiations for the construction of the Panama Canal.
And finally, Abraham Lincoln was chosen because he united America during the Civil War and for his role in the abolition of slavery.
The massive measurements of Mount Rushmore are: 27 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 8-1 / 2 inches deep. It features the following four presidents (left to right): George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
Maureen McGee-Ballinger, chief information officer at Mount Rushmore, told The Argus Leader last year that workers are asked daily if a chairman can be added.
For years, people have suggested Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, among others. A website has been set up to defend Obama.
McGee-Ballinger said it was impossible.
“There is no more space that can be sculpted on the sculpture,” she said.
“When you look at the sculpture, it looks like there might be some space left next to Washington or right next to Lincoln.
“You are either looking at the rock which is beyond the sculpture (on the right), which is an optical illusion, or on the left, which is not sculptable. ”
Critics of Mount Rushmore have also questioned the decision to make a sculpture of the Four Presidents due to some biographical details about them.
They argue that Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt shouldn’t be on the mountain because the first two were both slave owners; Lincoln was unpopular among many Native Americans for allowing the execution of 39 Indians after the Dakota War in 1892, and Roosevelt had commented on “inferior” races during his presidency.
Borglum, the sculptor, had ties to the Ku Klux Klan and he also worked on Stone Mountain in Georgia, which was a massive tribute to Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, before moving to Dakota from South.