Donald Trump’s presidency could soon be consigned to the dustbin of history – and in the meantime Madame Tussauds has put his effigy in an actual dustbin.
The US President’s smiling likeness is now among the garbage in a display at the museum in Berlin.
It was put there before Tuesday’s election, as forecasters tipped the Republican to be dumped by American voters.
That looks likely to be the case, with Joe Biden on the cusp of securing the battleground states he needs to be the next man in the White House.
Despite putting Trump in a dumpster, a model of predecessor Barack Obama remains in place.
Other items in the bin with Trump’s waxwork include cardboard ‘tweets’ and a Make America Great Again cap.
Speaking after the move last week, the museum’s marketing manager Orkide Yalcindag said: “Today’s activity is rather of a symbolic character ahead of the elections in the United States.
“We here at Madame Tussauds Berlin removed Donald Trump ’s waxwork as a preparatory measure.”
Regardless of the outcome, Trump and his dumpster are likely to be wheeled back before long.
It comes as Trump faces mounting pressure to concede and walk away with dignity.
But that looks unlikely to happen, with the President vowing to go to the courts in a desperate effort to overturn counts that have not gone his way.
Last night Biden said he was going to win the US presidency as his lead grew over Trump in battleground states.
“The numbers tell us… it’s a clear and convincing story: We’re going to win this race,” Biden said, adding that he and his running mate Kamala Harris were already meeting with experts as they prepare for the White House.
Trump, 74, has been defiant as his chances of re-election fade.
He has repeatedly made unfounded claims of fraud and his campaign is pursuing a series of lawsuits that legal experts say are unlikely to alter the election outcome.
Americans have been waiting longer than in any presidential election since 2000 to learn the winner, with counting slowed by a record number of mail-in ballots.
The Covid-19 pandemic prompted many to avoid voting in person on Tuesday’s Election Day.
Biden is opening a large lead in Pennsylvania which is likely to secure the electoral college votes he needs to beat Trump.
For good measure, he also leads in Georgia, Nevada and Arizona.