NYC living statue shows Trump desecrating graves of war dead, COVID-19 victims

NYC living statue shows Trump desecrating graves of war dead, COVID-19 victims
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A "living statue" depicting President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE desecrating the graves of coronavirus victims and American war dead was on display in Manhattan on Tuesday.

The living statue performed by actors using accessories adorned with gold paint depicts Trump driving a golf cart over graves while Fox News hosts Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamHaley isolated after Trump fallout Tucker Carlson to produce video podcasts for Fox Nation Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 MORE and Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityGrenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE ride along in the backseat.

The Trump Statue Initiative (TSI) is behind the latest artistic stunt, using actors and relevant accessories as a way to "share their point of view on our 45th President's most notoriously self-serving, narcissistic, and racist moments," according to the group's website.


The installation comes as the president battles media coverage blasting him over remarks he made in 2018 while visiting the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where he allegedly called American war dead "losers" and "suckers."

Filmmaker and Oscar award nominee Bryan Buckley told The Hill the inclusion of the American war dead gravestones was an afterthought addition to this installation, noting how it was added at the last minute to fit the "apropos" event of Trump's allegations of disrespectful rhetoric.

"The Atlantic story broke and ... it was interesting to me because Trump ended up with two really telling moments of his disrespect for American lives, you know, whether they're a veteran who is a hero or someone who is a citizen," Buckley told The Hill.

TSI has hosted living statute installations in three cities across the U.S. this year, showcasing performance art in Portland, Ore., New York City and Washington, D.C.

The initiative recently partnered with an artist called Chalk Riot led by Chelsea Ritter-Soronen, who recently installed chalk art near U.S. Postal Service boxes in the District that depicts shadows of mailboxes with phrases like "I will fight racism on Nov. 3."


Buckley also said the initiative is experimenting with digital projector art in New York City, putting quote bubbles above mailboxes and giving the inanimate objects "voices," suggesting opposition to the USPS's current management by Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyBiden believes Postal Service leadership 'can do better,' White House says, as DeJoy faces scrutiny The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help MORE.