In late 2020, after President-elect Joe Biden’s projected victory in the Nov. 3 U.S. general election, social media posts and news reports claimed that Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax museum in London, had changed the clothes on its effigy of outgoing President Donald Trump from a business suit to golf attire.
On Dec. 7, U.S. presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted a photograph of what appeared to be the replacement of the clothing in progress, along with the following caption:
“Madame Tussaud’s waxworks in London reports that it has already redressed its effigy of the American President to wear retirement golf clothes.”
Those descriptions were accurate. On Nov. 7, 2020 — notably the day on which all major news outlets declared Biden the winner of Pennsylvania’s 25 electoral college votes, and thereby the president-elect — Madame Tussauds in London changed Trump’s attire, reflecting what the museum said might be his outfit of choice after he leaves the presidency in January 2020:
“His campaign may not have been a hole in one, but Donald Trump is now on course to dedicate more of his time to his favourite sport as Madame Tussauds London re-dresses his figure in golfing attire to reflect his potential 2021 wardrobe.”
The London Independent posted a video showing museum staff putting the finishing touches to Trump’s new look:
In October 2020, just a few days before the U.S. presidential election, Madame Tussauds in Berlin took the pre-emptive step of symbolically moving Trump’s statue into a dumpster.