Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump sparked controversy after making his, ahem, manhood a campaign issue during Thursday's GOP debate on Fox News. Now, a Florida activist group plans to express their distaste for Trump by hitting him where it counts.
Members of the group, which calls itself the Church of Satanic Activism or "The Church," are planning to attend the Republican debate at the University of Miami on March 10, dressed in inflatable penis costumes in a less-than-subtle nod to Trump. They'll don the phallic ensembles, once again, at various polling spots throughout Florida on March 15, the day of the state's primary.
Political activist Chaz Stevens, who founded "The Church," is no stranger to cheeky demonstrations. He made headlines in December when he won approval to erect an LGBT-themed "Festivus Pole" in rainbow colors and topped with a disco ball in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda. That decoration was a nod to the fictional holiday "Festivus," which was featured in a 1997 episode of "Seinfeld."
Like the "Festivus Pole," Stevens' plans are also rooted in holiday lore. In this case, he says, the costumes are a reference to Japan's Shinto Kanamara Matsuri, or the "Festival of the Steel Phallus," which is an obscure celebration of fertility that incorporates penis-shaped adornments each spring.
Stevens, who identifies as straight but says he is deeply committed to activism around LGBT issues, also plans to observe the event in Florida by impersonating Trump as an enormous penis that spews gold confetti.
"Donald J. Trump’s a real dick, so it wasn’t much of a stretch," Stevens told The Huffington Post. "The timing is perfect. The GOP is coming to Florida, Florida is shaped like a giant dong, and a dong is leading the GOP."
Although Stevens is willing to criticize the government and the 2016 U.S. election, he said he's aware that the odds are stacked against him in terms of getting his message across.
"They’ve got the guns, lawyers, money and pretty much everything else. All we have is a couple of guys with wicked senses of humor," he said. "Our sort of protest helps us somewhat level the playing field."
He pointed to the words of economist Jonathan Gruber, who is credited as the key architect behind Obamacare, who once referenced "the stupidity of the American voter," in explaining the success of Trump's campaign.
As to what he'd say to Trump for bringing his genitals into the democratic process, Stevens quipped, "Dipsh*t, you're fired!"