Donald Trump’s $1,100 replica sculpture of Mount Rushmore with his face seen for the first time
A $1100 replica of Mount Rushmore depicting Donald Trump’s face has been seen in person for the first time since it was donated to the former president.
Former President Trump was gifted the four-foot replica sculpture, which had been modified to include his own image, in 2020 from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
The gift was presented to Trump after his address at the venue on July 3, 2020, as part of state celebrations on July 4.
And now the image has been photographed in person for the first time, sitting under a wooden table at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home.
The $1,100 replica of Mount Rushmore’s face of Donald Trump has been spotted in person for the first time since it was donated to the former president in 2020
The four-foot replica, which has been modified to include Trump’s face, was seen sitting on a side table at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home posing for a photo while holding an honorary black man. band received
The former president was meeting with Lee Dong-seop, the president of Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters, when the statue was spotted.
Trump stood with the Honorary 9th Dan certificate he was awarded as he smiled next to Lee Dong-seop.
And just to Trump’s right, under a wooden side table, was the sculpture of Mount Rushmore.
Reimaginings of what the statue looked like had been released before, but this is reportedly the first time the artwork has been seen in real life.
The mini Mount Rushmore features the typical heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – and Trump’s own face can be seen on the side.
As with the other presidential faces, a tie, shirt collar and jacket lapels are also visible on Trump’s effigy.
The statue sat on a shelf at the bottom of a wooden side table, which held 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 gift was first reported by the New York Times four days after Trump’s 2020 speech, but a photo of the sculpture depicting Trump’s face, etched on that of Abraham Lincoln, has not yet been seen.
It is believed Trump donated the privately funded sculpture of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on July 3, 2020, after he delivered a speech at the memorial
About a month after his speech, Trump said in a tweet that it “sounds like a good idea” to put him on Mount Rushmore, after the Times claimed a White House official contacted Noem to discuss the plan.
The president, who has long floated the idea, denied ever asking to have himself added to the monument. But, he said, it was a good idea, given his performance.
After his July speech at Mount Rushmore last year, Trump tweeted that it was a “good idea” to have his face added to the monument on the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota people.
“This is fake news due to the @nytimes & bad reviews @cnn failing,” he tweeted in response to the article.
‘Never suggested, though, based on all the many things accomplished in the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other presidency, seems like a good idea to me!’
Pictured: Trump and Noem are seen together on September 7, 2018, two years before he was offered the sculpture
The White House aide’s request was made last year, a Republican official said The New York Times.
When asked about the request, the White House did not deny that it had taken place, answering instead that it was a federal, not a state landmark.
Trump first raised the prospect of having his face cut at the historic site shortly after taking office in January 2017.
According to Banister and Treeby – Trump voters who created the statue – only three copies were made, one of which was donated to Trump and the other two to the unknown donors.
Noem’s communications director, Ian Fury, also previously confirmed that no taxpayers’ money was being used to fund the $1,100 sculpture, and that it had instead been paid for by the two donors.
The Meaning Behind Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore was begun in 1927 and was never completed. The work ended with the death of sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 1941.
The memorial features the faces of four former US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
They were selected for other presidents by artist Borglum because in his eyes they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.
George Washington, the first-ever US president, was elected for his role during the American Revolutionary War to win independence.
He was the father of the new land and laid the foundation for American democracy, which is why Borglum gave him the greatest fame among the faces on the monument.
Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, was chosen for his role as one of the main authors of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition, in 1803, he bought Louisiana territory from France, which doubled the size of America at the time.
Theodore Roosevelt is also on the monument and was selected because he represented the development of the US in the 20th century.
He oversaw the rapid economic growth in the country and was instrumental in the negotiations for the construction of the Panama Canal.
And finally, Abraham Lincoln was chosen for holding America together during the Civil War and for his role in abolishing slavery.
The massive dimensions of Mount Rushmore are: 27 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 8-1/2 inches deep. It lists the following four presidents (from left to right): George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln
Maureen McGee-Ballinger, public information officer at Mount Rushmore, told The Argus Leader last year that employees are asked daily if a president can be added.
For years, people have suggested Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, among others. A website has been set up that advocates for Obama.
McGee-Ballinger said it was impossible.
“There’s no more excisable space on the image,” she said.
“Looking at the image, it looks like there’s some space to the left of Washington or the right of Lincoln.
‘You either look at the rock behind the sculpture (on the right), which is an optical illusion, or at the left, which cannot be manipulated.’
Mount Rushmore critics have also questioned the decision to create an image of the four presidents because of certain biographical details about them.
They argue that Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt shouldn’t be on the mountain because the first two were 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 made comments about “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 huge tribute to Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, before moving to South Dakota.