Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has inspired millions of Americans to find their voice and speak out for what they believe in. Unfortunately, many of those Americans happen to believe in white supremacy.
On such man is Rick Tyler, an Independent Congressional candidate running for Tennessee’s 3rd District.
Amy Hines Woody posted a Facebook post on Tuesday (which has since been taken down) expressing her anger by posting a photo of Tyler’s controversial billboard, WTVC reported.
Noting that Tyler owned Whitewater Grill in Ocoee, she wrote:
“This disgusting bunch of bigotry was erected about 20 minutes from our house,””Please, if you are the decent and loving people I know you to be, boycott this business.”
The web address on Tyler’s billboard redirects to the candidate’s website. On the site, Tyler explains that he crafted a sign that “is difficult to ignore and its message comes across as authoritative and influential.”
Tyler also admits that his billboard is based on Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” a slogan that Trump stole from former President Ronald Reagan. He noted:
“Of great significance, as well, is the reality of the Trump phenomenon and the manner in which he has loosened up the overall spectrum of political discourse … The Make America White Again billboard advertisement will cut to the very core and marrow of what plagues us as a nation.”
Tyler’s second billboard may be even more offensive, as it uses the title of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” Speech in combination with a picture of the White House surrounded by confederate flags.
Tyler said he has plans to put up other billboards, including “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be miscegenators” and “Fight federal tyranny/ Stop the Muslim invasion.”
The white supremacist candidate told WRCB-TV that he didn’t hate people of color, but wished to return America to a “1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime, no mass immigration.”
Kiwanis of Ocoee and others organized a boycott of Tyler’s restaurant, and magically one of the billboards disappeared.
Amy Hines Woody reported in a Facebook update that:
“THE SIGN IS OFFICIALLY DOWN!!! … Never should have been there in the first place, but at least it’s gone.”
However, it’s not clear if Tyler’s completely given up on his racist billboard campaign. But, one thing is clear. Donald Trump is bringing out the very worst of America.
Featured image attribution Ralph Fresco/Stringer Getty and Facebook.