The Italians appear to love themselves some President Donald Trump.
Since 1873, they’ve held an annual carnival in the city of Viareggio wherein they’ve used floats and masks made of paper mache pulp to depict caricatures of notable people, places, events, etc.
And it just so happens that among this year’s most notable “allegorical machines,” as the Italians describe their lavish floats, has been the president of the United States.
Featured in the clip above from this year’s Viareggio Carnival is a giant caricature of the U.S. president adorned in golden armor and wielding a “yuge” Twitter sword.
Trump’s supporters here in the states have dubbed this caricature “God Emperor Trump” because of its uncanny resemblance to the “God-Emperor of Mankind,” a character in the popular tabletop fantasy wargame Warhammer 40,000.
“The Emperor of Mankind is the immortal Perpetual who serves as the ruling monarch of the Imperium of Man, and is described by the Imperial Ecclesiarchy and the Imperial Cult as the Father, Guardian and God of humanity,” a Wikia fan page notes.
And this “Father, Guardian and God of humanity” looks just like the Italians’ caricature of Trump.
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Coincidence or conspiracy?
The videos and photos featured above were recorded Saturday. According to the carnival’s official website, additional celebrations will be held Feb. 17, Feb. 23, March 3 and March 5.
“Every evening, there are carnival celebrations in all of the city’s different districts. The most famous bars, restaurants, discos, etc., including the largest hotels in Versilia, host colourful all night masked carnival parties,” the website notes.
“[T]he allegorical papier-maché floats are the product of the unequaled creativity, of the extraordinary sculpture and painting skill of Viareggio’s ‘magicians’, and are the highest example of this popular art whose language has spread all over the world.”
“The parades take place in a ring-like circuit 2 kms. long, on the seaside avenue of Viareggio, best known as La Passeggiata. Here the floats move among the spectators, who can attend the show with no barriers, becoming, in turn, the protagonists of the parade.”
While it remains unclear whether the resemblance between the float pictured above and the “God Emperor” means anything, what’s known is that the European nation’s citizens reportedly view Trump positively, which is no surprise given his similarities to their own leader, Italian President Matteo Salvini.
In fact, many in the media have argued that of all of Europe’s leaders, Salvini is the one most like the American president, in part because of his “Italians first” rhetoric.
The media hate Salvini, of course, and have dubbed him “far right” for having the apparent audacity to prioritize his citizens’ interests by, as an example, deporting refugees and illegal immigrants.
Listen to how the media describe his “populist” policies below:
To be clear, just like in the United States, not every Italian likes Salvini. And similarly, not every Italian appreciates his U.S. counterpart’s tough but sensible approach to the issues.
Flashback to 2017, for instance, when a left-wing artist who participated in the Viareggio Carnival created a horrifying float that featured the Statue of Liberty surfing on Trump’s head as a cowboy fired his gun at Mexicans and Muslims.
“In the America that has elected Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, there are those who are fighting in defense of the constitutional law for the right to bear arms,” the float’s description reportedly read.
“The consequences, however, are clear when one looks at the long list of crimes or of domestic accidents caused by the use of guns and rifles. Just as if we were in a modern saloon of the wild west, in the artists’ view Donald Trump is the symbol of all this.”
See the insane float below:
Thankfully, most Italians are not deranged, as noted by social media:
My friend lives in Italy and she has said many times, that the Italians LOVE Trump!! ❤️
— Marly Varela (@marlygirly) February 10, 2019
yes my birth country LOVES TRUMP, Italians know who and how to love and appreciate someone that is a WARRIOR FOR HIS COUNTRY!
— Tina Peiser Mosella (@TinaPeiser) February 10, 2019
Research Salvini and what he has to say about President Trump.
This is not a slam, this is praise for President Trump, the Italians love him!
— MLS (@MLS6453) February 10, 2019
Hi from Italy. You’re not an Italian and will never be, Mister Mayor.
We Italians have a hero called Salvini who is saving Europe from the African invasion caused by the destabilization of Libya.
And Salvini LOVES Trump . We all do here in Italy, dear leftist loser
— Helga Haper (@helg_haper) February 7, 2019
I have heard how many Italians support and love Trump! A small town erected a marble statue of Trump..so sweet. Hear there is a Trump fan club too! I hate what Renzi did to Italy!!!
— Deborah Johnston (@myrocky11) February 5, 2019
I was over there recently .. The Italians love Trump…
— A Deplorable Suspicious Redneck (@SuchHate) January 14, 2019
This is absolutely untrue. I live in Italy and while they think he tweets too much, the Italians love his policy. I traveled to Egypt for Christmas and our college educated guide stated that Trump is harsh, but tells it like it is. Please don’t generalize all of Europe.
— Kristen Jones (@Kristen0213) December 26, 2018
I am from Nola and we love Trump can’t get enough of him and @flotus. Especially the Italians! So don’t speak for all of Nola
— brendag (@red_white_blew) December 13, 2018
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