Protesters Torch and Burn Melania Trump's Statue


Many citizens in Slovenia, once Melania Trump’s home country, wonder why Melania never visits and why she is reluctant to speak her native language... but that doesn't explain the hateful torching of her statue.



ROZNO, Slovenia (Reuters) - A life-size wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.

Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, hired a local folk artist, Ales Zupevc, to carve the statue from a tree trunk using a chainsaw. It has a rough-hewn face and its chief likeness to Melania Trump is that it was painted in a pale blue wraparound coat and dress similar to the one the first lady wore during the 2016 inauguration of her husband – President Donald Trump.

"I want to know WHY they did it," said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump's status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.


Downey told Reuters he had Melania's blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him of the attack.

In Washington, Melania Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local Slovenian artist last year, was burnt to a crisp in Slovenia's city of Moravce, east of the capital, Ljubljana.



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