A year after depicting an epic Halloween display of Donald Trump’s border wall and Bernie Sanders in DNC ‘jail,’ Matt Warshauer of West Hartford, CT has outdone himself.
However, instead of lampooning Donald Trump’s presidency, the history professor at Central Connecticut State University took a darker turn with his new display he calls “The Trumpian Ship of State.” The centerpiece is a 50-feet long, 10-fee high pirate ship named the U.S.S. Constitution.
“I got this idea earlier than I ever have – literally the day after the election,” Warshauer told We-ha.com. “It’s been disastrous on so many levels. I said to myself, ‘My God, the ship of state has gone totally off course,’ So I built a giant pirate ship.”
On it, you’ll find a smoke-breathing Donald Trump as the “mad pirate king” ordering his minions dressed as Russian sailors to march a skeleton with the name “Comey” off the plank. At the bow, Hillary Clinton is sitting down reading her new book, except it’s titled “Why I Lost.”
There’s also a smaller boat leaving the pirate ship with a figure of Abraham Lincoln holding a sign, saying, “What’s become of my party?”
“We have a president who cannot govern, who is just unbelievably dangerous to the U.S. and the world,” the history professor expressed to Fox61. “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.”
For Warshauer, though, if more people can start talking to each other rather than resort to yelling, name-calling, and even violence, that’s good enough for him.
“As a historian, one of my goals is always to educate people and try and at least begin conversations. People aren’t talking at all, they’re just yelling at each other and they’re Facebooking, and they’re throwing stuff out here and there. They’re not really engaging in the idea of facts that matter anymore. If it gets people talking and more people are more educated about the ins and outs of what’s going on in our system, I think it’s a great thing.”
Watch a time-lapse video of Warshauer setting up his display below: