The best thing we got out of the Republican National Convention was the massive outpouring of hilarious “empty chair” memes, based on Clint Eastwood’s one-on-one with an absentee President Obama. A northwest Austin resident has taken Obama’s empty chair to the extreme, and made a highly incendiary statement along the way by lynching iton his front lawn.
The photo, posted by Burnt Orange Report, shows an empty folding chair hanging from a tree by a rope, a clear and dark twist on the Obama “empty chair” internet phenomenon. BOR calls it a “racially motivated act of violence against the President,” and we’re inclined to agree, especially after hearing what the Republican who lynched the chair had to say about the display:
“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. I don’t give a sh*t. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street,” said Bud Johnson, the homeowner in question.
His display has since been altered to include an American flag.
Interestingly, this isn’t even the first time Obama’s empty chair has been lynched in recent days. Political blog Blue Virginia posted a photo of a similar display taken near the KORUS festival at Bull Run Park over the weekend. The Virginia lynching is less subtle, depicting a chair strung up in a tree bearing a sign that reads “Nobama.”
Now we’re not going to make any grandiose and judgmental statements about the entire Republican party, but the provocative displays suggesting that a sitting president be hanged aren’t borderline racist, they are full on racist. I’d give you my blessing to remove any Obama empty chair lynching displays you come across down south, but you’re better off ignoring them. I don’t want you getting shot at on my account.