Welcome the #TrumpDog: A giant dog figure sporting Trump's hairdo and gesture is seen outside a shopping mall in downtown Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, heralding the upcoming Year of the Dog. US President Trump was born in 1946 in the Year of the Dog. pic.twitter.com/SwbIZrKrmN— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) December 26, 2017
Nearly a year ago, a shopping mall in China drew attention for its unusual mascot — a rooster with an uncanny resemblance to President Donald Trump. The mall in the city of Taiyuan had erected the 32-foot-tall rooster, which later turned into an icon, to honor 2017, which was the “Year of the Rooster.”
However, since 2018 is going to be the “Year of the Dog,” it was only a matter of time before someone decided to honor the U.S. commander-in-chief in the same fashion: by putting up a giant, inflatable dog statue with Trump’s signature hairstyle – puffy-in-the-front and matted-on-the-sides.
Keeping up with its tradition, the shopping mall has actually put up a new Trump effigy, this time in the form of a dog.
Several Twitter accounts recently posted images of the dog statue with Trump’s trademark hairdo. Although that is not where the similarities stop, as the effigy also has the president’s usual stern expressions, furrowed eyebrows and an index finger pointing towards the sky.
A statue resembling US President #DonaldTrump and his iconic hairdo has been spotted in a shopping mall in Taiyuan. It resembles the large, inflatable Trump-chicken seen earlier this year. 2017 was the year of the chicken. 2018 will usher in the year of dog, starting in February. pic.twitter.com/9PTgEtg10w— China Plus News (@ChinaPlusNews) December 25, 2017
Given the popularity of “Trump Chicken,” which became an unexpected mascot of the Tax March back in April before appearing behind the White House in August, it is yet to see if the Trump-dog is going to have a similar impact – or if the president and his supporters are going to offended by it.
The Chinese New Year, which will commence on Feb. 16, 2018, is based on the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and its respective zodiac animal. As it turns out, Trump was born in 1946, which was also the year of the dog.
As the Raw Story pointed out, 2019 and 2020 are going to be years of pig and rat respectively, so it would be interesting to see if China continues its tradition of turning the U.S. president into cartoon effigies.
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