An Indiana man has stirred outrage with his "Lying African" Obama parade float.
Don Christy, 73, reportedly entered the Sheridan County, Indiana, Fourth of July Parade with a very provocative parade float.
The Sheridan Lions Club organizes the parade. Residents who want to participate are reportedly required to submit an entry form, and the Lions Club approves and organizes the entries, MyFox 8 reports.
According to the Indy Star, Christy wore a prison jumpsuit and blonde wig while driving a golf cart in the parade. The cart's roof reportedly displayed a sign in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. On the front of the cart was the head of a stuffed animal with a sign reading "African Lion." On the back, a doll with a mask of President Barack Obama was propped in a toilet with a sign reading "Lying African."
"I'm not a Democrat," Christy told the Indy Star. "I'm not a Republican. I'm a patriot."
He also said that he tries to do something funny and outrageous in the parade every year. According to Christy, in 2015 he dressed as a gay person.
"Me and a guy got married [during the parade]," he said. "It was funny."
Tony Samuel, vice chairman of Trump's Indiana campaign, said the display went too far.
"While we realize that the majority of Hoosiers are extremely unhappy with Hillary Clinton and President Obama and don’t trust either of them for good reasons, in my opinion, this is not the right way to express that displeasure and distrust," Samuel said in a statement.
Sheridan Town Council President David Kinkead said in a statement that he was "deeply appalled by the blatantly disrespectful and racist display."
"Our town, community, and county have always striven to be open and inclusive to all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation," Kinkead said.
Christy said he didn’t formally submit an entry for the parade. Instead he just lined up with other floats at the start of the parade route and organizers allowed him to proceed.
Kinkead said registration for the parade is not required, and in the past, anyone has been to allowed to participate as long as the safety of the public was not at risk.
"It is unfortunate that an event that has always provided so much joy for the community may have to be regulated in the future to require advance registration of participants," he said.
Lions Clubs International, the parade organizer, has released this statement, according to MyFox 8: “We are a non-political organization. Anything that would be found to be offensive should not be on anything affiliated with Lions Clubs.”
Christy, for his part, is sticking to his guns.
"I have my right to say things," he told the Indy Star. "Isn't that what the Fourth of July's about?"
He added, "I apologize to anyone I offended, which would be a total liberal."