Texas GOPer Lynches Chair on Front Lawn

Any guesses what message he's subtly trying to convey?
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2012 12:16 PM CDT
Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair while addressing delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – An Austin Republican's lawn currently features an empty chair dangling from a rope on a tree, along with a US flag. Following Clint Eastwood's RNC speech, it's not a stretch to assume the empty chair symbolizes President Obama, suggesting not-so-subtly a lynching, Burnt Orange Report notes. A similar display appeared in Virginia this weekend.

When Burnt Orange called the Austin man—who in 2010 won a "Yard of the Month" award, presumably with a different display—to ask about the chair, he replied, "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take (your concerns) and go straight to hell, and take Obama with you. If you don't like it, don't come down my street." (Read more Austin stories.)

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