Slowly but surely, people began to polarize around the president’s star. A man brought his son up to the cutout to make a speech about Trump’s virtues. “This guy right here, he’s a fricking man!” he said.

When a passerby mumbled something against the president, Schaffer’s cameraman goaded him: “Is that all you have to say? That’s some pretty mindless babble.”

After not quite half an hour, the event seemed over. “We’re going to end the live stream now,” the cameraman announced as he zoomed in for one last shot of Shaffer, Villa and faux Trump.

It was in this shot that The Real Snake Boy made his debut.