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Someone torched that god-awful statue of Melania Trump in Slovenia

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.

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.

Police say they have had launched an investigation into the arson attack. Meanwhile, the White House has not responded to any requests for comment.

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