Trump Wax Figure Removed From Museum Display After Visitors Kept Punching It
Remember when Donald Trump routinely would urge his security team to “knock the hell out” of hecklers at his political rallies? It turns out that paybacks are, well, exactly what you’ve been told they are. A museum in San Antonio has had to remove a wax dummy of the twice-impeached, one-term former president from display because so many visitors just couldn’t resist punching Trump’s likeness.
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Apparently attacks on the 45th president’s effigy were such a regular occurrence that Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks relocated it from its original display location to the museum’s lobby where it would be under constant monitoring by ticket takers and other employees. Even so, visitors were still motivated to violence by Trump’s image and management decided to temporarily move the blue-suited, double thumbs-up figure to a storage closet. In addition to regularly being punched, the figure’s face suffered what the museum called “deep, cathartic scratches.”
The museum is owned by Ripley Entertainment. Regional Manager Clay Stewart said that this isn’t the first time its displays have been defaced. “When it’s a highly political figure, attacks can be a problem. We’ve always had trouble with the presidential section because no matter what president it was — [George W.] Bush, Obama or Trump — they’ve all had people beat them,” he said. “The ears were torn off Obama six times. And then Bush’s nose was punched in. People are just aggressive about their political party.”
Stewart said the statue probably will not be returned the display floor until work is completed on a wax figure of President Joe Biden that it currently has under production.