Many attendees at the yearly conservative conference, this year held in Orlando, Florida, could be heard replying with comments of “awesome” and “that is so cool” as the statue was wheeled around the hotel, according to the Independent.
On social media, some ridiculed the statue, connecting it to a false golden idol found in the Bible.
Bloomberg reporter William Turton located the statue at the booth for “Look Ahead America” and said many people were queueing to take pictures with the statue.
The conference will end on Sunday with a speech from Trump, who is expected to lay out his political plans and his vision for the GOP. His eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., addressed the crowd on Friday night and promised that his father’s speech would not be “low energy.”
Trump's presidency is over and his Twitter was suppressed, but at the first major conservative gathering of the year, the message is clear: Mr. Trump is here to stay.
Elected officials and activists who spoke on the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Florida this year, focused on COVID-19 restrictions, the so-called cancel culture, how the 2020 election was administered and the threats they see from Democratic policies. While there was barely any mention of the attack at the Capitol last month, speakers railed against the "liberal mob" and riots over the summer.
The conference doesn't feature open criticism of the former president, so cheers for Mr. Trump, who still has the support of most GOP voters, was a theme of the opening day.
"There are a whole lot of voices in Washington that want to just erase the last four years," Texas Senator Ted Cruz told the crowd. "Let me tell you right now: Donald J. Trump ain't going anywhere."
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton told a story about an immigrant connecting his economic success to the former president and celebrated Mr. Trump's capacity to attract Latino voters in the 2020 election.
And Missouri Senator Josh Hawley received standing praise when he told the crowd of his objection to the election results on January 6. He slammed Twitter for banning Trump, and ended his speech with: "America now, America first, America forever."
Many speakers prompted the Republican Party against a return to its pre-Trump origins and grilled some of the policies past GOP leaders have pushed.
"We will not win the future by trying to go back to where the Republican Party used to be," said Florida Senator Rick Scott, who also chairs the Senate Republicans' campaign operation. "If we do, we will lose the working base that President Trump so animated. We're going to lose elections across the country and ultimately we're going to lose our nation."