Trump campaign uses depiction of Christ the Redeemer in BRAZIL to claim that the President will protect statues
President Trump’s message about protecting statues spread across U.S. borders this weekend when the campaign used an image of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil in a series of Facebook and Instagram ads.
“We will protect this,” read the ads, which are attached to the accounts of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, with images of the giant statue of Jesus that is a recognizable part of the Rio skyline.
The digital ads launched Friday and Monday were “inactive,” according to Facebook’s ad details page. The Daily Beast first reported about their existence.
President Trump’s campaign used an image of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil in a Facebook and Instagram ad that ran all weekend
“We will protect this,” boasted the ad depicting the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Christ the Redeemer ad is one of the top hits when googling ‘Jesus statue’. Trump’s campaign relies heavily on his fight with protesters over toppled images
A Trump campaign spokesperson has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Google image searches generally show the statue from Rio de Janeiro and the Christ the King statue in Swiebodzin, Poland when searching for ‘Jesus statue’.
The ad encourages Americans to join the campaign to show their support.
“The president wants to know who was with him against the radical left,” the ads said.
According to Facebook statistics, the group most focused on the ads was women over 65.
Trump has linked his reelection fortune to culture war topics, including the destruction of statues and monuments by Black Lives Matter protesters.
The President has not distinguished between Confederate Monuments – the main targets of the controversy because of their white supremacist ties – and other statues attacked, including Andrew Jackson in DC’s Lafayette Park and Christopher Columbus in Baltimore. A statue of Jesus was destroyed in Peoria, Illinois over the weekend.
Trump painted the protesters with a wide brush.
“Evil gangs are trying to bring down statues of our founders, damage our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities,” Trump warned Friday evening at his July 4 event at Mount Rushmore.
“Many of these people have no idea why they do this, but some of them know exactly what they are doing,” the president continued.
“They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive,” he said. “But no, the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”
Trump has also pledged to pass a bill that would rename the military bases named after the Southern figures.
Polls show that Americans have moved the issue of removing Southern images, but not so much.
In a Morning Consult survey in late June, 47 percent of registered voters thought the images should be left standing, while 36 percent said they should be removed.
In August 2017, 26 percent were in favor of removal and 52 percent were against.
Like most current topics, there was great political division.
Only 10 percent of Republicans said they supported the removal of Southern monuments, compared to 60 percent of Democrats.
But even in 2020, 24 percent of Democrats opposed removal, with 78 percent of Republicans.
In the same poll, voters were split by 40% to 40% when asked whether to keep or remove slaveholder statues.
There was also a partisan tilt: 61 percent of Democrats favored expulsion, while 69 percent of Republicans wanted those images to stay.
Voters were more likely to punish someone who was an active racist.
When polls asked if individuals who made racist comments should still be honored, 45 percent of registered voters said their names should be removed, while 34 percent said their names should be left.
If an individual supported racist policies, 50 percent of voters said they should be dropped, while 33 percent said their name should remain intact.