Donald Trump 'Buddha' statues are now being sold all over China -- but not out of respect
Former President Donald Trump may no longer be in the public eye now that he has departed the White House but apparently, his face is still being seen all over the world, namely in China these days.
Although Trump is typically associated with his signature red "Make America Great Again" hats, Chinese people are actually buying statues of the former president but the 14-foot monuments serve a relatively different purpose.
According to The Guardian, Trump Buddha statues are now being sold for 999 Chinese yuan (£110 GBP/$150 USD) on the Alibaba-owned Chinese eCommerce platform, Taobao. The statue reportedly shows Trump with his "hands folded in his laps, thumbs pointing outwards, is a pose from Buddhist art that signifies meditation and contemplation."
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More than 100 of the statues have been produced thus far. So what do the statues signify for buys? In an interview with The Global Times, one buyer explained that the statue of the twice-impeached president serves as a "humble reminder not to be 'too Trump'"
The latest statues come just months after another popular set of Trump novelty items made their way to the Etsy marketplace. Those items, currently being sold by a seller in the United Kingdom (U.K.), featured a "3D-printed bright orange Trump Buddha."
On the site, the seller explained that the novelty items were not politically-inspired. Like the statues being sold in China, the seller notes that the novelty items also serve as a reminder of the priceless things were could all benefit from.
"The Trump Buddha is not intended to stir up anything political. In fact, this Laughing Buddha mashup is simply a reminder that no matter where we fall in the political spectrum, we could all use a little more laughter and joy in our lives!"
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