This has magically appeared on E Pike at 11th. More, ahem, below the jump. It doesn’t get better. UPDATE: We’ve added even more pictures of the curious scene.
— Julie Anton (@julieanton) August 18, 2016
So, what does the plaque say?
Lmao Capitol hill pic.twitter.com/NNCMaTgCkb
— Thibaut Colar (@tcolar) August 18, 2016
UPDATE: It’s a movement!
s/o to whoever installed this Trump statue in Union Square last night pic.twitter.com/Cldd4qkgyI
— JamesMichael Nichols (@jamesmichael) August 18, 2016
And Los Angeles, too…
Trump statue in LA (photo from INDECLINE) pic.twitter.com/qwWtV66fg9
— Peter Holley (@peterjholley) August 18, 2016
But, it wasn’t magic:
Hoping to strip away the Teflon Don’s legendary confidence to reveal the fleshy mortal beneath the expensive suits and long ties, members of the anarchist collective INDECLINE decided they would showcase the aspirant president in the most humiliating way they could imagine: without his clothes. The group unveiled a life-size statue of Trump in the nude Thursday morning in New York and reported that statues were also unveiled in public spaces in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle.
UPDATE x2: Here are more images from the fun with Naked Trump:
UPDATE 3:53 PM: An SDOT representative tells CHS that the department has staff out at the scene of the statue to evaluate whether the installation “impedes safe pedestrian access” in the area. A decision has not yet been made on removal, according to the spokesperson. We’ll update when we learn more. In the meantime, the first live feed switched into archive mode. Here’s another feed that is slated to be live until 5:
UPDATEx2: Gone?!! Here’s the report from @CaseyBerner from just before 4:30 PM:
black pickup truck drove up and men got out, ripped off sidewalk and put into truck bed. People tried to get it out, drove away.
UPDATEx3: Naked Trump lives? Tipster says: “Trump was saved and put into no parking on pike”
UPDATE 8/19/2016: Quite a finish to Naked Trump’s first day on the job in Pike/Pine. The caper described above involving the “heist” of the nude statue came about after the INDECLINE artists reportedly heard that the City of Seattle was considering the installation’s removal and asked for help keeping it safe, according to E Pike business owner Dave Meinert. You can see how the rescue played out here:
— Teri McClain (@terileemcclain) August 19, 2016
Seattle’s Naked Trump rested peacefully in the No Parking vintage shop overnight:
— carnitos (@carnitos) August 19, 2016
If you look closely around the store, you’ll find E.T. — a noted illegal alien — and a picture of Bill Clinton to keep the Donald company. No Parking is located at 1102 E Pike and is typically open Fridays 1 to 7 PM if you’re hoping to pay a visit. CHS stopped by last Christmas to talk with owner Billy Hutchinson about his one-of-a-kind Capitol Hill store.