Politics

Far-Right Activist Launches Tour To Burn Lindsey Graham In Effigy

Far-right activist Randall Terry, founder of the radical anti-choice group Operation Rescue, is notorious for his incendiary schemes to drive attention to his hate-filled rhetoric. Last year, he launched a contest encouraging people to make videos burning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in effigy and promoted a “Defeat Sotomayor” campaign that depicted the Supreme Court judge as a skull-faced killer.

Now, Randall Terry has announced a four-city series of demonstrations in South Carolina where protesters plan to “burn, hang, or beat” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for his recent vote supporting Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In a press release , Terry explains that the effigy tour is necessary because Kagan supporters are the “enemy” of God:

“If a man brings the enemy into your camp, he is helping the enemy; when he helps the enemy, he has become the enemy, and must be treated as such. Mr. Graham has betrayed God and innocent babies; we must treat him as a fraud and a traitor from this moment forth.

“On a lighter note, since Mr. Graham uses babies as pawns in his game of politics, we will play some ‘games’ in front of his offices, such as ‘pin the flip-flop’ on the donkey, and beating a Graham pinata. We promise – it will be a lot of fun.”

Yesterday, in an interview with Birmingham News, the far-right activist again reiterated his plans to “burn, hang or beat Senator Lindsay Graham in effigy,” adding that “we’re going to make comedy out of it and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.” Watch it:


Nina Bhattacharya

Update:

South Carolina’s Greenville News reports that Terry filmed two skits in downtown Greenville, SC, office. One “involved Randall’s employee constructing gallows to hang the mannequin with Graham’s picture on it,” while the other “involved a stick and a pinata. The workers hit the pinata, which had a picture of Graham on it, until plastic babies fell out of it.” Here’s a picture of a protester with the effigy:

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