Outrage after Smithfield store owner put Hillary Clinton doll on display
By Ana Bottary
A Hillary Clinton doll dangles from a metal hook next to a "Make America Great Again" sign inside the Pleasant View Orchards store in Smithfield. It has some customers up in arms, but owner Anthony Polseno says it's not meant to offend.
When word spread about the doll, it led some people to take to the internet describing their outrage through reviews. One saying in part, "having a doll of Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State with a noose around her neck? that is not only so disrespectful but misogynistic and hateful."
"I didn't know it had the string on it. How else am i going to hang it? I didn't want to hang nobody by the neck," says Polseno.
Polseno, who's run the orchard for 50 years, says the doll was a gift from a customer. But, the complaints started before the Clinton doll, they began when he first hung his Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" sign.
"One lady bought some apples, Macoun and she says oh if I knew that was there I wouldn't have bought these. Lady come back and get your money back, here no problem! she ain't given up them Macouns, I have the best Macoun in the state," he says.
Donald Connetti who has been friends with Polseno for 70 years, says he has his back on the issue.
"This is all a misunderstanding. He has no hate in him at all. He has love in his heart," says Connetti.