Matt Marshauer is a professor in Connecticut and a resident of West Hartford. For more than ten years, he has been erecting elaborate displays for Hallowe’en. Last year, his theme was a Trump Wall… eight feet high, topped with barbed wire , and guarded by soldier manikins.
“Trump represents nationalism and fascism, and when you combine those things it’s very dangerous. What does ‘Make America great again’ really mean?” said Warshauer. And calling whole groups of people the “others” scares Warshauer. “I keep coming back to the word dangerous.”
In addition to the wall, there’s “Trump Tower” with a image of Donald Trump, hands in the air, that Warshauer carved from styrofoam. Note the “tiny hands,” Warshauer said of one of his favorite and most humorous parts of the display. The hands, which are definitely minuscule compared to the head, originally belonged to a baby doll that Warshauer purchased at a dollar store.
(Professor Marshauer was not a big fan of Hillary Clinton, as last year’s story, linked above, indicates. He was more of a Bernie Sanders enthusiast.)
This year, the theme is a Pirate Ship of State commanded by a smoke-breathing Donald Trump. A skeletal James Comey is walking the plank, and a child holding a DACA sign is about to be thrown overboard.
“The day after the election last year I thought, the American ship of state has gone horribly off course,” Warshauer told FOX 61. “It's a pirate ship because Trump and most of his cabinet and people surrounding him are pirates who are pillaging this country.”
In addition to the main ship, there's also a smaller rowboat on his lawn with a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln holding a sign which reads, “What’s become of my party?”
The Professor expressed hope that his 2017 Hallowe’en display would get people talking and more educated about what is going on in the political system.