President Donald Trump’s recent obsession with statues took a turn for the strange this week when his campaign released an ad vowing to protect one ― in Brazil.
“We will protect this,” the social media ad, which ran under both Trump’s name and the name of Vice President Mike Pence stated.
Just one problem: The ad used an image of the instantly recognizable Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as spotted by The Daily Beast:
Trump has vowed to protect statues of the Confederate generals who killed Americans in a doomed effort to support slavery. He has also claimed that people want to remove statues of Jesus Christ.
Until now, anyway, his focus has been on U.S. statues.
Trump’s critics on Twitter offered up a geography lesson:
[50k people get diagnosed with COVID-19 every day]— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 6, 2020
As your president, It's my duty to protect
[130k people in the US have died from COVID-19 so far]
the most sacred of American monuments,
[there's no plan in place moving forward]
Brazil's "Christ the Redeemer" statue https://t.co/rrvYJyY6Mr
There will never be a cure for the Idiotavirus. https://t.co/uycOjpxC5y— George Conway (@gtconway3d) July 6, 2020
Is one really more ridiculous than the other? pic.twitter.com/l4bpuYwWcM— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) July 6, 2020
More than 130K people dead and the President is laser-focused on *checks notes* protecting statues in the only country with a similarly inept response https://t.co/21cG8aUJHg— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 6, 2020
Trump's new and improved Christ the Redeemer, God of War... pic.twitter.com/FJpHsQ0flv— Jake Turk (@71djt) July 6, 2020
In case any of you miscreants were thinking of tearing down the 125' tall, 635 metric ton Christ the Redeemer statue on top of a mountain in Rio de Janeiro. pic.twitter.com/uvOcJuBQPr— Julie Lynn (@bellafortunate) July 6, 2020
In fairness, Christ the Redeemer is the first result when you search Google for "Christ statue"... you shouldn't expect much more out of the Trump campaign.— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) July 6, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.