Donald Trumpkin returns – with a pumpkin posse

Behold Trumpkin the giant pumpkin! Jeanne Moos reports Trumpkin meets Clintkin in the political pumpkin patch.     Pumpkin Trumpkin    Pumpkins have gone political as the nation's most famous pumpkin portraitist displays this year's characters...Trumpkin, Clintkin, and Putkin. Jeanette Paras has been "pumpkinizing" celebs since 1988 and this year she's chosen 3 of the hottest names in news, the Donald, Hillary and Vladimir. All 3 are on display on her Dublin, Ohio porch. She's not really an artist but her creations have a cartoon quality that makes them funny. We have sound with Jeanette plus pix of her greatest hits from Kanye to Kim Jung Un. Might also briefly detour to Halloween masks of the candidates. Usually the best selling mask wins the actual election. Trump is outselling Hillary but retailers say he's being bought by both supporters and those who want to mock him, throwing off predictions. Plus 95% of rubber masks are bought by men. Chances are guys don't want to don a dress or pantsuit and dress up as Hillary.
Donald Trumpkin returns ... with a pumpkin posse
02:09 - Source: CNN

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Donald Trumpkin returns with two friends: Clintkin and Putkin

Creator Jeaneatte Paras has been making painted, newsworthy pumpkins for over 25 years

CNN  — 

This year, Donald the Trumpkin won’t be so lonely anymore. He’s got Hillary Clintkin and Vladimir Putkin to keep him company.

Jeanette Paras’s front porch in Dublin, Ohio, drew large crowds and media coverage after she painted a 374-pound pumpkin to look like the GOP presidential candidate last year. She named him Donald “Trumpkin.”

Paras has been painting larger-than-life pumpkins since 1988. Kim Jong Un, Miley Cyrus, Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West are characters in her pumpkin patch from years past.

Wanting to be impartial, Paras took an all-or-nothing approach to the characters she selected for this year’s pumpkins.

“It’s a non-partisan Paras Pumpkins porch. I couldn’t do just one,” Paras told CNN. “I just could not overlook the presidential campaign. There is nothing that’s hotter in the news.”

Related: What’s round, orange and getting a lot of attention? A Trumpkin!

Russia’s influence on this election cycle stood out to Paras. That’s why she added Russian President Vladimir Putin, or Putkin, to the mix.

She chose similar sizes for Clinton, 145 pounds, and Trump, 133 pounds. Putkin is a whopping 341 pounds.

“I didn’t want there to be a size difference between the two presidential candidates.”

The Dublin, Ohio, resident won’t say if she has a favorite but she did share which pumpkin was … um… the most challenging.

“I had a rotting problem with one of the characters, but I’m not going to say who it is. I did have to perform brain surgery, remove the stem and apply bleach,” she said.

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