Hey, remember that wooden statue of Melania Trump that was erected in her hometown, the Slovenian town of Sevnica, last summer? Well, it’s gone now.
Last weekend, the statue was set ablaze by an unknown arsonist. One day later, the blackened remains were hauled away, and all that remains now is a charred stump where the figure once loomed.
The statue was originally created by an “amateur chainsaw sculptor” named Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who was commissioned by American artist Brad Downey to create the piece honoring America’s First Lady.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 8, 2020
The BBC described it as “a crude likeness to the US first lady” and locals in Sevnica branded it a “disgrace.” It showed Mrs. Trump in the blue coat she wore on her husband’s inauguration day with her hand in the air as though she were giving a Nazi salute.
Downey says he wants to find the person who burned the statue so he can learn what their motivations were, adding that he initially hoped it would open a dialogue about the fraught political situation in the U.S.
Naturally, Twitter has quite a bit to say about the torching.
A statue of Melania Trump, that previously stood near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, was set on fire on July 4. The statue wasn’t destroyed, but was significantly charred before the artist took it down.
I DON’T REALLY CARE, DO U?pic.twitter.com/IDgndG7o31
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 9, 2020
— sarah koo (@sarahkoo) July 9, 2020
— Kidd the baby GOAT (@KiddK316) July 9, 2020
— Patricia (@patriciasoln) July 5, 2020
This statue of Melania Trump outside her Slovenian hometown has been burned to the ground.
React how you will. pic.twitter.com/948OZN4oDK
— Hillary Warned Us to Stay Home (@HillaryWarnedUs) July 8, 2020
Police say they have had launched an investigation into the arson attack. Meanwhile, the White House has not responded to any requests for comment.