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 John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate 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 IngrahamEx-Pence aide: Trump spent 45 minutes of task force meeting 'going off on Tucker Carlson' instead of talking coronavirus Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs to be deposed in Seth Rich lawsuit: report NYC living statue shows Trump desecrating graves of war dead, COVID-19 victims MORE and Sean HannitySean Patrick HannitySunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Cruz: Trump should nominate a Supreme Court justice next week Ex-Pence aide: Trump spent 45 minutes of task force meeting 'going off on Tucker Carlson' instead of talking coronavirus 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.

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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."

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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 DeJoyHillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime Judge orders Postal Service treat election mail as priority The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill MORE.