A western Oregon man is publicizing his antipathy towards Hillary Clinton by hanging an effigy of the Democratic nominee on the side of an interstate highway, local station KVAL reported Monday.
The elaborate display put together by Billy Pitner, of Sutherlin, Oregon, consists of a rubber wet suit, adorned with women’s clothing and a blonde wig, hanging by the neck from a construction crane. Signs reading “Vote Trump” and “Treason? Ask her” hang off the crane, along with several American flags.
Though Pitner told KVAL that a local priest had asked him to take the effigy down from its spot on the shoulder of Interstate-5, Pitner said he was simply exercising his First Amendment right and planned to switch up the signs on the display daily.
“I’m allowed to have my feelings, right, wrong, or indifferent,” Pitner told the news station. “Here you are. Got your attention, didn’t it?”
A small but vocal contingent of conservatives have lobbed “treason” charges at Clinton for her response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks and for allegedly exposing U.S. state secrets through her use of a private email server as secretary of state. The FBI announced in July that it had found no “intentional misconduct” by Clinton or her staff and that “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue charges against her related to the server.
That hasn’t stopped GOP lawmakers, online commentators and a Veterans for Trump co-chair from calling for Clinton’s execution. A West Virginia lawmaker said Clinton should be “hung on the mall” for “treason, murder, and crimes against the U.S. Constitution,” while Trump adviser Al Baldasaro said she should be “shot in a firing squad.”