The Internet is filled with outrage after a parade float depicting the execution of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the hands of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump started to circulate. The creator of the float says his spectacle was all in good fun, but some are not accepting his explanation.
Frank Linkmeyer unveiled his creation at something called the “Aurora Farmers Fair” which had Clinton sitting in an electric chair, and Donald Trump as the executioner. The float also featured a Grim Reaper. Linkmeyer imparted his float is not particularly partisan, while political, and that Trump could have just as easily been sitting in the chair with Clinton as the execution. He said, “It’s all in fun. Laughter is the best medicine in life and this country needs more laughter — and the people that are offended by it, I’m sorry. Don’t come to the parade next time.”
While the freedom of speech is a right all Americans have the ability to flex, there is something to be said about taste. Linkmeyer’s float could rightly be considered a threat against Clinton’s life, just as was his insinuation that Trump could have been the one being executed. It would not be unreasonable for Linkmeyer to be investigated by The Secret Service for threats against a presidential candidate, and many would likely be in favor of that happening. While the presidential election is indeed contentious, this type of rhetoric, meant in jest or not, does no favors to the American people in terms of quelling already high tensions.