Openly racist woman's anti-Obama display: Bayonet-stabbed chair hanging from noose
"We can do that in this country," Laura Mulholland says of her backyard display.
A week after Wisconsin resident Thomas Savka made waves with his "HANG in there OBAMA" sign (he says it's intended as a message of support for the president!), Rochester resident Laura Mulholland has upped the ante.
Mulholland packed an impressive amount of symbolism into her backyard anti-Obama display, which features a bayonet-stabbed empty chair hanging from a noose.
The noose symbolizes her racism, the empty chair her fondness for Clint Eastwood's head-scratcher of an RNC speech, and the bayonet refers to Obama's infamous "horses and bayonets" quip at Romney during the final presidential debate.
The woman at the home openly told us the chair represents President Obama, as it did in Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention. She also told us the noose is intended to target the President's race...
"The noose was my husband's idea. The chair, we got that from when Clint Eastwood spoke to that empty chair at the Republican National Convention. That's where we got the idea to hang the empty chair from the tree," said Laura Mulholland. She stands behind her display and says it was meant to spread a message.
"President Obama needs to go, by the ballot box. He needs to go. What he's done hasn't been good for our country," said Mulholland...
"I can say what I want, and yes you can be offended, but just because your offended doesn't mean that this is wrong," said Mulholland. Mulholland says the First Amendment protects her display and admits it's aimed at the President's race...
As you'd imagine, some of Mulholland neighbors are less than thrilled with the way she's chosen to endorse Romney.
"When my son and I drove by and I saw a hanging wooden chair, like a lynching, it just seemed beyond, to me, how we should be sharing our speech this political season, Jim Postier told KAAL, adding that he finds the display "very offensive."
Racists in Rochester also made headlines earlier this year for spray-painting Somali homes with "KKK" and swastikas, so perhaps Minnesota's third-largest city is further south than previously thought.
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