Rittenhouse Photo Reveals Where Trump Keeps Bizarre Rushmore Sculpture
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SIOUX FALLS - The "Mount Trumpmore" statue that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave to then President Donald Trump - and grafted it onto the iconic memorial - has not been mothballed.
The bronze, which has not been seen since its presentation, surprisingly appeared in a photo Trump released Tuesday showing him meeting Kyle Rittenhouse in Mar-a-Lago.
The sculpture, created by South Dakota artists Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, can be seen under a table at Trump Resort in Palm Beach, Florida
“Cool,” Leuning told The Daily Beast when the photo was shared with him. “This is our piece. Certainly. That's pretty great. ”He said it was good to see the statute on display, as“ things often end up in a closet ”.
In this photo of Donald Trump and Kyle Rittenhouse, the Mount Trumpmore sculpture peeks out from under a table.
Noem presented "Mount Trumpmore" to Trump on July 3, 2020 before speaking at a political rally and fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. It was paid for by anonymous donors.
The gift was reported after the event, but it wasn't seen until The Daily Beast posted photos of it in a story earlier this year that revealed who made it.
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The photo of the sculpture is from Trump's meeting with Rittenhouse Tuesday, days after he was acquitted of fatal shooting charges on August 25 during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The former president said the 18-year-old, who has become a Republican Party darling, is a "fan" of his. "
“Really a nice young man. What he went through ... that was prosecutorial misconduct, "Trump said. "He didn't have to go through a lawsuit for that."
Leuning and Treeby are fans of Trump too and have rushed to create the Rushmore mashup so Noem can showcase it for the July 4th event.
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