There are a number of serious issues for the country to tackle right now. The George Floyd protests have shone a light on the problem of systemic racism. COVID-19 cases are also on the rise with over 40,000 new cases discovered on Tuesday alone.
Donald Trump, however, has been devoting a significant amount of his time to protecting statues of Confederate leaders. The President often tweets about penalties for destroying these monuments and protecting history. In an effort to troll the President, an New Mexican art collective has installed a statue of Jeffrey Epstein.
An anonymous member of the Antlion Art Collective told a New Mexico’s KRQE-TV, “You know, so many statues are being taken down, but you know, people are saying that they’re bad people, so you know maybe we just need more statues of people like Epstein because that’s historical too.”
The statue seems to be mocking Trump’s recent answer when he was asked about people offended by Confederate monuments. He told Fox News, “We should learn from the history. And if you don’t understand your history, you will go back to it again.”
The Epstein statue also includes a plaque, which reads, “Jeffrey Epstein was an American financier who started as a teacher and worked his way up from a low level assistant to being one of the top financial advisers in the USA. He had a home in New Mexico, Zorro Ranch. He was also a rapist who died in prison.”
— Code Breaker (@biggblue2020) July 1, 2020
The plaque lists a number of court cases involving Epstein, including Jane Doe v. Epstein and Trump (2016).
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.