An Indiana town is in an uproar after a local parade featured a float that depicted Hillary Clinton being executed by Trump in an electric chair. Standing over her was a piss poor representation of the Grim Reaper and what appeared to some sort of duck-dynasty-esk priest reading her last rights, I suppose.
Perhaps the most offensive of all was a Styrofoam Moai head with a big nose and lips painted black and with a sign over it that said “Obama.”
The floats creator, 76-year-old Frank Linkmeyer, is anything but apologetic. He laughed as he described his past floats to reporters who were expecting an apology:
Police officers, judges, nurses, doctors, heart transplant patients, uh, just a variety of things. And the people in Aurora and the surrounding area love to see us in the parade.
But most Aurora residents don’t seem to feel as warmly about Linkmeyer’s actions as he imagines. One onlooker who spoke to reporters described her reaction like this:
My initial reaction was just; I was just apauled. I mean, for us to be in 2016 and have our president depicted as an Easter Island statue in black face – which doesn’t even make any sense – but it’s just racist as can be.
Another resident posted pictures of the float on Facebook saying that it made him ashamed to be from Aurora, Indiana:
The Lion’s Club, the group responsible for putting on the annual Farmer’s fair parade, has failed to answer any questions from reporters or local groups wanting to know how such an offensive float was allowed into the parade. But it appears that those in charge hadn’t addressed the possibility that someone would use the parade as a way to disseminate their hate-filled messages.
The float was of course covered in Trump/Pence signs and various propaganda about Benghazi. But Linkmeyer now claims that he’s a democrat and just did the whole thing as a joke. “Could of had Donald Trump up in the electric chair. You know, it was a toss-up,” he said. But don’t mistake his retreat for anything like a sincere apology.
He later went to say: “To the people who are offended by it; I’m sorry, don’t come to the parade next time.” And though he says that it was “all in fun” no one seemed to be laughing even if some were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
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