A man from Aurora, Indiana has caused a lot of controversy with his parade float for the annual Farmers Fair Parade.
The float features Hillary Clinton in an electric chair with Donald Trump about to pull the switch. In addition, it has a grim reaper and an Easter Island moai head in blackface named 'Obama'.
Float creator, 76-year-old Frank Linkmeyer, told WCPO, “It definitely was all for laughter. We’ve always had floats for laughter. There’s never been anything else but that.”
One mother found the float offensive and echoed Justin Trudeau's talking points. “For us to be in 2016 and have our president depicted as an Easter Island statue in blackface, which doesn’t even make any sense, but it’s just racist as can be. But knowing that we are marching alongside displays like this really makes me question whether or not we will be participating next year.”
The Lions Club, which approves the floats, issued a statement saying, “the parade is a public venue which does not reflect the views of the Aurora Lions Club. As a member of a worldwide service organization, we are proud and standby our record of service to this community.”
Frank Linkmeyer says he didn't mean to offend anyone, but stands by it being for laughter.
“I could’ve taken and put Donald Trump in that float and had Hillary pull the handle. Nevertheless, I would have never pleased everybody and it was definitely all for laughter,” he said.