Every year for the past twenty years, Matt Warshauer, an American History professor at Central Connecticut State University, has been decorating his home and front lawn for Halloween.
It started with just a witch in a tree, Fox 61 reported, but at around the beginning of the war in Iraq, his Halloween displays graduated from good-natured witches and spooks to making political statements.
This year, his display is more elaborate than ever and is already turning heads since Warshauer, along with 10 friends and family, spent all day Saturday setting it up.
The display, called “The Trumpian Ship of State,” is a giant pirate ship named “Constitution” that takes up Warshauer’s entire front lawn. The captain of the ship is a “smoke breathing” replica of President Donald Trump.
“We have a president who cannot govern, who is just unbelievably dangerous to the U.S. and the world,” Warshauer said. “I’m more fearful and disheartened for the future of this country than I’ve ever been in my life and I’ve been studying political history for a long time.”
“The day after the election last year, I thought, ‘The American ship of state has gone horribly off course,’” he explained. “It’s a pirate ship because Trump and most of his cabinet and people surrounding him are pirates who are pillaging this country.”
Of course, since it’s a pirate ship, it must have someone walking the plank, Warshauer explained. That figure is fired FBI Director James Comey, assisted by multiple Russian sailors. To make it even more authentic, the sailors are wearing shirts that Warshauer ordered from Russia.
Next, behind Comey, waiting to walk the plank, is a child holding a “DACA” sign, in a nod to illegal-alien children.
To drive home the message, Warshauer added a second, smaller boat leaving the ship, with a replica of Abraham Lincoln holding a sign that reads: “What’s become of my party?”
Warshauer told a reporter, “As a historian, one of my goals is always to educate people and try and at least begin conversations.”
“People aren’t talking at all, they’re just yelling at each other and they’re Facebooking, and they’re throwing stuff out here and there,” he said. “They’re not really engaging in the idea of facts that matter anymore.”
— tony roy (@MrRoyCT) September 30, 2017
Below is a time-lapse video showing the construction of the display. (Warning: includes offensive language).
Last year, Warshauer also erected an anti-Trump display for Halloween. It was a “U.S.-Mexico” border wall, topped with razor wire and snipers peering over it, along with a replica of Donald Trump looking out from “Trump Tower.”
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