Oregon Man Hangs Effigy of Hillary Clinton Alongside Interstate

Billy Pitner, who is responsible for the spectacle, says he believes that Clinton has committed "treason."

Published Sep 13, 2016

 (KVAL screen capture)
Image Via KVAL screen capture

On 12 September 2016, local media in Oregon reported that a man from the small city of Sutherlin, north of Medford, had hung an image of Hillary Clinton in effigy alongside the heavily-trafficked Interstate 5.

Billy Pitner strung the wetsuit, hot pink brassiere and blonde wig up from a crane along the freeway along with the words, "Vote Trump," "Uranium One" and "Treason? Ask her." When asked about the display by local news station KVAL, Pitner said:

I'm allowed to have my feelings, right, wrong, or indifferent. Here you are. Got your attention, didn't it?

The phrase "Uranium One" refers to a deal that granted Russia one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States — a deal that Hillary Clinton, when serving as U.S. Secretary of State, signed off on (along with other American governmental agencies). 

According to a 23 April 2015 investigative piece by the New York Times, little is known about the deal, making it a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theories:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

The idea that Clinton has committed a crime is a common theme among Trump supporters, who at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 could be heard chanting, "Lock her up." 

Neither the U.S. Secret Service or the Sutherlin police department have yet responded to our request for comment. Video of Pitner's display can be seen here:



Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who has been working in the news industry since 2006.

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