A Texas museum has removed its wax rendering of former President Donald Trump after it was mercilessly vandalized, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The battered statue was recently pulled from public view and put in storage after it had been repeatedly punched, scratched and beaten, while on display at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in San Antonio, Texas, the paper said.
Regional manager of Ripley’s Entertainment, Clay Stewart, told the Express-News that damage sustained to the Trump statue’s face had been particularly severe, adding that “when it’s a highly political figure, attacks can be a problem.”
A public relations manager for the museum’s parent company, Suzanne Smagala-Potts, told My San Antonio that Ripley’s Entertainment has no political leaning and political figures from both parties have been sent for repairs.
“We have a very open policy with our wax museums, we want them to be interactive,” Smagala-Potts told the paper. “Visitors often like to touch the life-like figures and are encouraged to pose for selfies.” It is not uncommon for wax statues to be returned to a team of artists for touch-ups, she said.
A refurbished Trump statue may not return to the museum until it unveils a wax figure of President Joe Biden, the company said, according to multiple reports. That statue is reportedly still under production in Orlando, Florida.