The float at the Viareggio Carnevale featured a giant Twitter sword and clawed hand, and was animated to turn and shift as it moved through the procession.
Fabrizio Galli, who created the float, said in an interview that the sword contains a phrase that can mean “here’s your fucking tariffs,” according to Heavy.com.
“It’s a joke, but in fact he’s trying to destroy nations with the economy instead of nuclear missiles,” he was quoted as saying. “This is one of the strongest actions, let’s say, that powerful people like Trump can use.”
Galli went into more depth on the festival’s website, which listed the float’s title as “The Master Drone” and referred to the president as “God Emperor Trump.”
“Donald wants to go back to the moon, travel to Mars and create the first space army. Ultras Marines? Mega Marines? The time of intellectuals, philosophers and of old and worn culture is over. We have entered the era of fantasy, videogames and virtual life.”