DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Leaders in Davenport, Iowa have condemned a homeowner’s snow display depicting a figure gunning down a snowman wearing a Bernie Sanders shirt and another adorned with a Democratic Party hat.
Davenport Mayor Mike Matson said he’s asked the police chief to investigate the display.
“My personal reaction is that it’s terribly wrong and an embarrassment to our city,” Matson told the Quad-City Times. “All hate speech is wrong.”
Homeowner Donald Hesseltine laughed off such concerns, saying he created the display over the weekend to “mess with” friends who support Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
The first votes in the nomination process will be in two weeks when the Iowa caucuses take place.
“It’s just to make people cry I guess,” said Hesseltine. “They’re crying, so I win.”
The display includes a mannequin topped with a military helmet that’s holding a rifle and chain saw, as well as a can of beer. The rifle is pointed toward the Sanders snowman, which has red-dyed snow near its head.