A wax museum in San Antonio, Texas has been forced to remove a sculpture of former President Donald Trump because patrons kept punching it in the face, according to the San Antonio Express-News:
“Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks on Alamo Plaza moved the wax figure of the former president to a storage room because a few museum visitors — with intense feelings and a lack of self-restraint — kept pummeling him. ‘They punched and scratched the figure, inflicting so much damage that management had it pulled from public view,’ said Clay Stewart, regional manager for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the wax museum.”
Ever since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump’s overall approval with the public has fallen dramatically, to 34 percent in a Gallup poll taken in mid-January.
Ripley Entertainment regional manager Clay Stewart said the sculptures of former U.S. presidents are often seen less favorably when the person leaves office, but that the anger toward the Trump figure has been especially harsh:
“We’ve always had trouble with the presidential section because no matter what president it was — Bush, Obama or Trump — they’ve all had people beat them. The ears were torn off Obama six times. And then [George W.] Bush’s nose was punched in … People are just aggressive about their political party.”
In October, before the 2020 presidential election, Trump’s statue was also removed by Madame Tussauds in Berlin:
“The waxwork museum Madame Tussauds in Berlin loaded its effigy of TV star-turned Republican president Donald Trump into a dumpster on Friday, a move apparently intended to reflect its expectations of next Tuesday’s presidential election.
“In what seemed a further calculated insult, the statue of his predecessor and nemesis Barack Obama, who counted Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel among his closest allies, remained in place, beaming and besuited.”
Considering all the legal problems Trump is facing, it might be more appropriate to dress his statue in an orange jumpsuit and place it behind steel bars.
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