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'Fearless Girl' Statue Dressed To Look Like Trump Fan (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

President Donald Trump supporters descended on the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street in the middle of the night and briefly turned it into a fellow Trump supporter.

In the early hours of Mar. 20, a few men sporting red Make America Great Again hats with faces hidden behind scarfs and sunglasses were observed near the statue, Daily Mail reports.  

According to The Gothamist, a witness took photographs of the men draping an American flag around her shoulders, putting a Make America Great Again hat on her head, placing pro-Trump signs around her, one which read "VETS B4 ILLEGALS," as well as a drawing of Pepe the Frog -- which is a white nationalist hate symbol. 

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The statue of the small bronze girl defiantly stares down Wall Street's emblematic charging bull in Lower Manhattan, wearing a skirt with her hair tied into a ponytail.   

It is unknown how long the statue remained looking like a Trump supporter. 

The bronze monument was commissioned by $2.5 trillion asset manager State Street Global Advisors to celebrate International Women's Day. Installed on March 8 as a symbol of female empowerment, it has become nearly as popular as the bronze bull. 

Critics have pointed out the financial company only boasts five female top executives out of a board of 28.

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New York politicians Letitia James, a public advocate, and Representative Carolyn Maloney have called for making the girl statue permanent, instead of temporary, as had originally been intended. 

Artist Arturo Di Modica made the Charging Bull shortly after the 1987 market crash and had it erected in front of the New York Stock Exchange without a city permit, MarketWatch reports. 

According to Fortune, Di Monica has spoken dismissively of the "Fearless Girl" statue. He considers his work to be art and the little girl statue an "advertising trick" that is "not a symbol." 

"Women, girls, that’s great, but that’s not what that (my sculpture) is,” Di Modica said. “I put it there for art. My bull is a symbol for America. My bull is a symbol of prosperity and for strength.”

He contends the girl statue changes the significance of his piece from a positive symbol of Wall Street to that of a danger, as the bull looks as if it will take on the girl. 

In March, a man was pictured disrespecting the girl statue by humping it. Social media users were appalled. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't yet signaled whether the "Fearless Girl" will be allowed to stay past her permit expiration date of April 2. 

De Monica has urged the mayor and city hall to remove the bronze girl statue. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Fortune, MarketWatch / Photo credit: Rachael Levy/Business Insider, Tipster via Daily Mail 

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