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Conn. Man Builds 'Trump Wall' Halloween Display



    (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2016)

    A home in West Hartford, Connecticut is getting a lot of attention for a Halloween display with a strong political statement.

    Resident Matt Warshauer and his family are known for their elaborate Halloween displays. This year Warshauer, who teaches American political history at Central Connecticut State University, created what he calls the “Trump Wall,” based on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to build a border wall along the U.S. and Mexican border if he gets elected. 

    “It’s something that disturbs me because I believe that we’re a nation that gets other nations to tear down walls, not put them up,” said Warshauer, who lives on North Main Street. 

    He said every Halloween he tries to design a display that makes people think about current political issues.

    “Halloween is that one time of year where you can push the envelope a little bit. I try to make it Halloweeny, but I also make it very political,” said Warshauer, who lives on North Main Street. 

    The detailed display features a wall complete with a Trump tower, a Trump deportation center and zombies and skeletons. Warshauer said he included several pieces of original artwork from Hall High School students in the display.

    Warshauer also pokes fun at the Democrats, with a depiction of Hillary Clinton riding a donkey as part of the display.

    Warshauer said he knows not everyone will agree with his point of view, but he makes his political statement to encourage conversation and debate.

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