Folks trick-or-treating in West Hartford, Connecticut, this Halloween have a chance to drop by something spookier than a pumpkin patch, a haunted house—hell, even a cemetery. Thanks to a local US history professor, they'll be treated to a massive, Trump-themed pirate ship, helmed by our president as its smoke-breathing captain.
According to FOX 61, Matt Warshauer and ten of his buddies set up the Halloween display on his front lawn on Saturday, portraying our country under Trump's sails as a mutinous sinking ship. It features a skeletal James Comey walking the plank as Russian sailors man the deck behind him. The ship floats on an ocean of tombstones etched with messages like "Obama's policies" and "responsibility of the right." Somewhere, Hillary Clinton holds a book titled Why I Lost, and a DACA recipient stands just inches from being marched into the ocean.
The ship's name? "USS Constitution."
"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."
Warshauer teaches American History at Central Connecticut State University, and he's been installing politically charged Halloween displays on his front yard since around the start of the Iraq War. Last year, he set up a barbed wire–lined "Trump wall" depicting the president's proposed plan for the US-Mexico border, featuring a few undead immigrants and a mock-Bernie Sanders behind bars—"jailed by the DNC."
"We have a president who cannot govern, who is just unbelievably dangerous to the US and the world," Warshauer told FOX 61. "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."
According to the New York Daily News, Warshauer says he hopes his display will get Americans talking again instead of "just yelling at each other" on Facebook. And so far it seems like his neighbors have been pretty receptive to the whole thing, unlike the folks who completely freaked out about that guy who set up a zombie nativity scene in his lawn for Christmas.
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