Donald Trump's commitment to protecting statues from anti-racism statues is now apparently concerned with protecting monuments that aren't even in the US... and aren't even considered to be problematic.
In a set of new re-election campaign adverts, the president is asking people to identify themselves if they stood up for US history and helped protect statues against 'the radical left' who have tried to tear down statues across the US of problematic figures from the Civil War, the slave trade and the likes of Christopher Columbus.
The advert says that everyone who claims to have helped protect a statue from removal will have their name sent to the president but the image that the advert is using is of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the words 'we will protect this' underneath the picture. Last time we checked, no one was trying to tear down this epic religious monument which is 30 metres high and weighs 635 metric tonnes so good luck to anyone trying to rip that down.
According to The Daily Beast, the adverts ran on both Facebook and Instagram where Trump has been directing his focus on protecting statues around the United States. He also made this a key part of his Fourth of July speech during his celebrations at Mount Rushmore on Saturday.
That being said there is no evidence that anyone wants to remove the statue of Jesus or vandalise. Furthermore, how would Trump protect a statue in another country? Trump had previously vowed to protect statues of Jesus in the US which might have been why they were using this image but it only opens the president to more ridicule and confusion.
Trump has recently signed an executive order creating an Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes, which called for a ramping up of the prosecution of people who had vandalised as statues, as well as the creation of a 'National Garden' which will feature the likenesses of many famous Americans.
The Daily Beast adds that these adverts, which had 67 variations cost the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee between $14,000 and $22,000 but have since been removed after being viewed by 930,000 and 1.1 million.
To further highlight just how ridiculous this advert was Christ the Redeemer has stood above Rio since 1931 and was named as one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007 alongside the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Machu Piccuh, Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome and the Chichen Itza in Mexico.