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Donald Trump Waxwork Removed From Museum Because People Keep Punching It In The Face

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Donald Trump Waxwork Removed From Museum Because People Keep Punching It In The Face

Abraham Lincoln and JFK were assassinated, but people left disgruntled by Donald J Trump's presidency of the United States have opted for a less direct means of attack.

Basically, they've been punching a waxwork model of The Donald instead.

Yes, it seems visitors to Louis Tussaud's Waxworks in San Antonio, Texas have been taking out their Trump-related frustrations by coldcocking his likeness - and it's happened so often, the museum has had to move the waxwork into storage.

Credit: Ripley's Entertainment
Credit: Ripley's Entertainment
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"They punched and scratched the figure, inflicting so much damage that management had it pulled from public view," said Clay Stewart, regional manager for museum owners Ripley Entertainment, to San Antonio Express News.

He continued: "When it's a highly political figure, attacks can be a problem."

So what will happen to the dummy? Will it ever make a return to the museum? The newspaper claims this is unlikely to happen before Louis Tussaud's receives a model of incumbent President Joe Biden, who of course beat Trump in a contentiously-fought election back in November.

The Biden model is in the works at Ripley's headquarters in Florida, but until then it looks like Trump's waxwork will remain behind the scenes.

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It's not just Trump who's faced this sort of reaction, however. Stewart told the newspaper that other presidents have received a similar fate.

Credit: Ripley's Entertainment
Credit: Ripley's Entertainment

"We've always had trouble with the presidential section because no matter what president it was - [George W.] Bush, [Barack] 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.

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"People are just aggressive about their political party."

Oof. Mind you, it's hard not to wonder if Ripley Entertainment was aware of the reaction the Trump waxwork would inspire. After all, a press release from its 2017 unveiling stated: "Just as in real life, wax Trump is polling at about 50% - loved by some visitors, loathed by others.

"Come by and show your love or dislike for the President-elect."

But it's normal for waxworks to move in and out of display, according to the ebb and flow of popular culture, as Stewart assured San Antonio News Express: "Wax figures are rotated all the time."

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Sometimes, though, it's the removal of a waxwork that prompts customers to get upset.

Just ask Madam Tussaud's London, which faced a massive backlash from One Direction fans when the replicas of Harry, Niall et al were removed in September of last year.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Revealing the reasons for removal, the museum said: "We are constantly updating what guests can expect to see at Madame Tussauds London, reacting to the celebrity landscape.

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"The showbiz world is ever-changing, and so are we.

"Much like One Direction's dedicated fan base, we're keenly watching what the gentlemen have up their sleeves for the next decade."

Who knew waxworks were such an emotive business?

Featured Image Credit: Ripley's

Topics: Funny, US News, Donald Trump, Weird

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