Hilarious Lawn Signs Capture The Hellscape Of American Politics

DALLAS, TX – A Dallas area creative director has succinctly captured the horror show that is America’s democratic process with a series of original lawn signs. Ron Henderson, who works for an ad agency in town, was inspired by the endless number of signs he’s seen supporting Sen. Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, Texas.

Henderson’s signs feature horror-film inspired candidates and slogans like “Bato for Senate,” “Pete Pennywise for Congress,” and “Leatherface Justice of the Pieces.”

“One of the reasons I made these signs was to throw a little levity into the mix of what’s been a fairly contentious and occasionally hostile election season. I’ve seen more election signs filling yards than in any year I can remember,” Henderson told Patch through email. “There’s even been a local ‘battle of the signs’ with people stealing signs or accusing others of stealing their signs. I find the whole thing somewhat amusing, actually. I intentionally avoided taking sides with the signs and gave each candidate equal time with the monster/creature associations.”

Henderson’s daughter posted the photo of the signs on Reddit where they were an instant hit. One Reddit user said “This is the kind of political post I like to see” while another added “finally a political post that doesn’t take a stance.”

“It’s like we’re magically transported to the time when people could objectively have good humor about all sides of the political spectrum… without getting all bent out of shape and calling people names? That’s not scary at all!” Reddit user RyanLSumner commented. “This is the type of political commentary I Welcome in abundance.”

With the midterm election just days away, numerous polls have Cruz narrowly ahead of O’Rourke by 3.6 points. Big money (O’Rourke raised an astonishing $38.1 million in three months alone), big endorsements (“Ted’s opponent in this race is a stone cold phony named Robert Francis O’Rourke. And he pretends to be a moderate, but he’s actually a radical open-borders left-winger,” President Donald Trump said at a rally for Cruz in Houston Oct. 22), and countless viral moments have turned Texas’ Senate race into the most watched U.S. election this year. The enormity of this election wasn’t lost on Henderson, who worked on the lawn signs in the evenings with Photoshop.

“That’s not to say the Senate race isn’t hugely important, but this was more about doing something fun for Halloween than making a serious political statement on my lawn. Oh, and also because my teenage son said he didn’t want any Halloween decorations this year because that’s ‘little kid stuff,'” Henderson said. “The signs have been commented on and shared quite a bit by neighbors and friends on social media. For the record, my wife wasn’t a huge fan of them when she first saw them – got the eye roll.”

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