Presidential wax figures need a Secret Service detail of their own.
Replicas of the last three commanders-in-chief have been subject to constant vandalism at a San Antonio museum.
“When it’s a highly political figure, attacks can be a problem,” Clay Stewart, regional manager for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in the Texas city, told the San Antonio Express-News.
“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 told the paper.
“The ears were torn off Obama six times. And then Bush’s nose was punched in,” Stewart added. “People are just aggressive about their political party.”
In the latest cases of visitors waxing angry, he said, former President Donald Trump’s effigy was pummeled and scratched, leading museum officials to remove the figure from public view.
It was unclear when the museum will repair the faux Trump and return it to display, Stewart said, adding that it likely won’t happen until after it receives a wax figure of President Biden, now being prepared at Ripley Entertainment’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
“Wax figures are rotated all the time,” he told the paper.
Trump’s removal was the result of the damage inflicted, not the ups and downs of his public status, according to the report.
“Our wax figures will need repairing from time to time,” Suzanne Smagala-Potts, Ripley Entertainment’s PR chief, told the Express-News.
Tussaud’s employees confirmed this week to the paper that the presidential waxwork — featuring a blue suit and the Republican’s trademark red tie — had been moved into storage in July.
The Obama figure was shipped to Orlando repeatedly for repairs, but Trump has been stuck in San Antonio because the coronavirus pandemic restrictions have caused a shortage of artists at the corporate office, Stewart said.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/03/19/trump-wax-figure-museum-always-had-trouble-with-presidents/ on .