Connecticut man makes a political statement with elaborate anti-Trump Halloween display

That's one way to stick it to the man.

A Connecticut man is making headlines for his statement-making Halloween display, which features Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, a skeleton Abraham Lincoln and more aboard a pirate ship, according to Fox 61.

Matt Warshauer, who's been decorating his West Hartford home for the spooky holiday for nearly two decades, put together an exhibition called "The Trumpian Ship of State."

He told Fox 61 the display is commentary on the Trump administration's continued "pillaging" of the United States.

"The day after the election last year I thought, the American ship of state has gone horribly off course," he said. "It's a pirate ship because Trump and most of his cabinet and people surrounding him are pirates who are pillaging this country."

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The reason candy, in general, is harmful to teeth is that bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct, explains Matthew Messina, DDS, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which is what causes cavities. Chewy candies, including gummy candies and taffy, are among the worst offenders because they linger and stick around in your mouth, giving them additional time to cause tooth decay. Not to mention some are sticky and strong enough to pull out a filling, bridge, or braces. Opt for one of these healthy Halloween candies instead.



Caramels are another sticky offender because they stick to teeth—not to mention expensive dental appliances like orthodontics. Like other sweets, caramels are best enjoyed after a meal and brushing and flossing immediately after eating limits the amount of time the stickiness sticks around in your mouth. Check out the best and worst candy as ranked by a nutritionist.  



Sour candies have grown in popularity over the years; and they are bad for teeth on two fronts. They contain both sugar and acid, according to Dr. Messina. Like other candies, limit how many sour candies and lemony sweets you or your child enjoys in order to prevent long-term damage any day of the year. When you brush, make sure to avoid these common teeth-brushing mistakes.



Hard candies may be a Halloween favorite, but suckers and lollipops actually do more harm than you might realize. Because they are meant to be enjoyed slowly, hard candies and their cousins on a stick linger longer, making it difficult for your saliva to do its job and causing acid to build up in the mouth. Making sure that you properly care for your teeth as soon as the candy is gone can help prevent cavities. Ready for a fright? See exactly how many calories are in your favorite Halloween candy.


Shattered homemade chocolate with cocoa powder

Warshauer's political Halloween masterpiece shows Comey, the former FBI Director, walking a plank, Russian sailors surrounding him, and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) child waiting to be tossed from the vessel.

The boat has been aptly titled, "Constitution." Trump can be found at the helm of the ship.

Lincoln can be seen in a boat of his own, holding a sign that reads, "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," Warshauer said. "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."

He's hopeful that his display will spark meaningful conversations between all who see it, he told Fox 61. Warshauer expressed a belief that there's not enough talking going on in this country.

"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," he said. "They're not really engaging in the idea of facts that matter anymore."

According to Fox 61, this year's display was the most time consuming of any Warshauer's put together in previous Halloweens. It took 10 friends and family members to make his vision come to life.

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