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‘Elect the clown, expect a circus!’ – Halloween meets US politics at West Hartford home’s 20th annual extravaganza

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« A huge ‘political Halloween’ display, the ‘Untied States Funhouse’ based on traditional carnival attractions, was seen outside a home in West Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday.
« The biggest element to American politics today is the absurdity of everything that’s going on, » explained Matt Warshauer, creator and political historian at Central Connecticut State University. « Not everybody is going to agree with a couple of the political statements that I’ve made, but that’s America. »
Footage shows a merry-go-round and a number of sideshow games. A skeleton Supreme Court can be seen, as well as signs with ‘Ron DeSatan’ and ‘Just say gay’, referencing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, banning discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms.
« I’m hoping that whether you agree with me or not, you can get the fun out of it, and the absurdity out of it, » Warshauer continued, adding that the best part of it for him was the ‘sidewalk conversations’ he got to have with neighbours.
« The kids come up, and just they have so much fun, playing all the games … and so while the parents are talking politics, » he stated.
It marks the 20th year of Warshauer’s political Halloween extravaganza. For this year’s event, one of Matt’s children, Sam, did the painting, while he credited his engineer friend Stephanie for helping with the designs, including the merry-go-round.
« I think this display is brilliant, » added one local, Karen. « You know, elect the clown expect a circus, that’s all accurate today in America.”
The Halloween attraction went up last weekend and Warshauer claims he hasn’t had any complaints yet, but added that ‘it’s early October. I’m sure they will come’. »



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