Walt Disney World officials are mum on the fate of the animatronic sculpture of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE in its Hall of Presidents attraction after he became the first president to be impeached for the second time on Wednesday.
The attraction, which includes every U.S. president, has had to provide extra security for the Trump sculpture since its installation, including guards and large spikes near the stage, according to Orlando Weekly.
Last summer, amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, the theme park reportedly decided to reassess which of its attractions were potentially insensitive or controversial, with a preliminary list reportedly including Liberty Square, where the Hall of Presidents is located.
"As a place for escapism, I’d venture to say presidential politics may be one of the top things people would want a break from these days,” Josh Young, who runs the theme park opinion site Theme Park University, told Orlando Weekly.
“While the Hall of Presidents is specifically written in such a way to not lean to one side or the other, the mere mention of the name Trump or Biden will set people’s blood boiling. Maybe not because they disagree with their politics, but just because they are tired of hearing about it,” he added.
Even before last week's assault on the Capitol, the Trump model itself has long drawn criticism on aesthetic grounds, with people theorizing that it was originally designed to be Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE when it was assumed she would win the 2016 election.
Remember when Disney clearly ordered a Hillary robot for the Hall of Presidents and then just ran with it and passed it off as Trump pic.twitter.com/P4CqI2jh7Q— Permabanned President (@lib_crusher) July 13, 2020
I don't believe in a lot of conspiracy theories but I totally buy the idea that Disney repurposed a planned Hillary Clinton robot with a Trump wig and dumped it in that Hall of Presidents ride.— Lethality Jane (@LethalityJane) December 20, 2017
The Hall of Presidents itself has consistently been among the Magic Kingdom theme park’s less popular attractions, and rumors flew last year that “Hamilton” composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic were in talks to retool it.
I think all of the you who have noticed that Disney's Hall of Presidents version of Trump looks like they were expecting a Hillary win and just went with it were right. The resemblance is... quite striking. pic.twitter.com/ky1eCQVNbQ— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) December 19, 2017
The Hill has reached out to Disney for comment.
The House voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach Trump for his role in last week's violence in Washington, which saw supporters of his storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE's Electoral College victory. Ten Republicans joined every Democrat in voting to remove Trump.