An Oregon man set up an effigy of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, tying her to a debunked conspiracy theory, KOMO-TV reported.
“I’m allowed to have my feelings, right, wrong, or indifferent,” said Billy Pitner, who mounted the figure near Interstate 5 in the town of Sutherlin. “Here you are. Got your attention, didn’t it?”
The effigy — a wetsuit adorned with womens’ apparel and a blonde wig — was hung alongside signs saying not only “Vote Trump” but “Uranium One,” a reference to the real estate mogul’s accusation in June that she “approved the transfer of 20 percent of America’s uranium holdings to Russia” during her tenure as Secretary of State in exchange for $145 million in donations to her non-profit foundation.
But as Politifact reported, the bulk of the donations preceded her tenure heading the State Department as well as her 2008 presidential campaign. The transfer also had to be approved by eight other federal agencies besides the State Department.
“On the most basic level, Trump’s timeline is off. Most of the donations occurred before Clinton was named secretary of state,” Politifact stated. “We rate Trump’s claim Mostly False.”
According to KOMO, Pitner plans to keep the effigy up and change the signs daily, despite being asked to take it down by a local priest.
Watch KOMO’s report, as aired on Monday, below.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
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In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.