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Rochester woman says chair hanging from noose represents Obama but isn’t hate speech

The “empty chair” idea came from Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech, she says.

A Rochester woman has hung a chair from a tree with a noose and says it refers to President Obama.

Laura Mulholland told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that she and her husband got the idea from Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention.

There’s also a shotgun and bayonet attached to the chair; the bayonet because of the president’s comments about “horses and bayonets” in the third debate, she said.

Says the paper:

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Mulholland said she doesn’t consider the display a form of hate speech and doesn’t hold animosity toward blacks. She said the display isn’t meant as a direct threat to Obama.

And the paper quotes her saying:

“I do not wish President Obama or his family any harm, none whatsoever. He might be a great guy. I don’t know. But as president he has done a poor job.”

She said her husband doesn’t wish the Obamas any harm, either. “We just would like to see them go back to Chicago,” she said.