An effigy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump went up in flames as part of the Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the British town of Edenbridge on Saturday, days before the United States is scheduled to elect its next president.
An 11-meter-high sculpture showed the construction mogul — with his trademark hair — holding Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton in a headlock. Burned at a fireworks display in the town, 30 miles south of London, the effigy also showcased Trump sporting a pair of Mexico-themed boxer shorts, a dig at the nominee's stand against undocumented immigrants from the neighboring country.
“We are literally helping Trump to live out his own catchphrase, ‘Burn it down,’ by exploding the effigy as the opening act for our fireworks display,” Jeni Fox of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society told ITV. “It only seemed fair that Hillary Clinton took some of the limelight.”
Artist Frank Shepherd told Reuters: “I think he would be quietly amused.”
Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated on Nov. 5 every year, marking the failure of a plot by a group of Catholics to kill King James I, who was a Protestant, in 1605. The group attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament during its state opening. An effigy of the “Gunpowder Plot” leader Guy Fawkes is burned on bonfires around the country to mark the occasion, along with fireworks displays.
The society creates a large-scale effigy of an unpopular public figure and burns it to mark the occasion. It has done so for the past 16 years. The names figuring on this list range from cyclist Lance Armstrong, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and comedian and activist Russell Brand, to Sepp Blatter, the former world soccer chief, who was the target last year.
As the Trump campaign makes a final push for electoral victory in the U.S., the society said he was the overwhelming choice for this year’s effigy.