A parade float at a county fair in Indiana depicted Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton seated in an electric chair with Republican opponent Donald Trump ready to pull the switch.
The creators behind the work featured this past weekend at the Aurora Farmers Fair say residents always look forward to their next inventive float.
“The people in Aurora and the surrounding area love to see us in the parade,” the float’s maker Frank Linkmeyer revealed to WCPO, adding it “Could have had Donald Trump in the electric chair. It was a tossup.”
But some residents were apparently offended by the display, which also showed several “Make America Great Again” signs, a black face Easter Island statue bizarrely meant to represent President Obama, and the grim reaper accompanied by a priest reading Hillary her last rites.
“Who thinks this is appropriate for a fair parade where children, some of them minorities and girls, are marching and playing instruments and watching?” one person complained on Facebook. “Who thinks this is something to laugh at or be proud of?”
“This is disgusting. This makes me embarrassed to say I live here. This is Aurora, Indiana. Congratulations.”
Another person lamented the float would scar the next generation of Americans.
“So glad I didn’t see that. That’s disgusting and to think our town administration thought the float was acceptable. It’s so scary to think what our kids are going to have to live with,” Lisa Polak protested on Facebook.
Another resident, however, told WCPO people offended by the float always have the option of looking away.
“He does something every year. Frank’s Frank,” Patrick Schwing said. “I don’t see anything wrong with it. If anybody’s offended by it, then they shouldn’t look at it.”
Linkmeyer claims they meant no offense, but only intended to spoof the tumultuous 2016 presidential election as they had parodied other things in the past.
The event’s sponsors, the Aurora Lions Club, released a statement saying they regretted “the display which was part of the Aurora Farmers Fair parade on October 1st which offended some viewers.”
“We hope the political circus of this year’s election stays with the national media.”