Giant Billboard Calling the President ‘Our Leader the Idiot’ Provokes Outrage
Union Township has been on the receiving end of a 'circus-like crusade,' official says of insulting roadside message
A large billboard showing an unflattering photo of President Donald Trump, along with the phrase “Our leader the idiot,” is causing upset in Union Township, New Jersey, multiple outlets including News 12 New Jersey reported.
The billboard, owned by OutFront Media, was paid for by Neil Harrison, an activist from the Bronx, New York, who is reportedly using the billboard to promote a documentary, according to News 12.
(New York, Harrison’s home turf, will not allow political statements on billboards.)
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Harrison said he paid about $1,000 for the billboard, and that, while it promotes his film, he also wants it to spread “his message against the president.”
The billboard also reads, “2 Faced … 2 Years … Too Long.”
Interestingly, OutFront Media, the company that owns the billboard, recently denied Christian pastor Robert Jeffress billboard space to promote an evangelical event.
Harrison is an activist with a mission.
“Manafort was convicted,” Harrison told 12 News New Jersey. “Cohen’s giving up everything he can, and we’re hoping that Trump is next. Basically that’s what we are out here for. I’m an activist and that’s what I do. And we’re trying to drum up some real support here.”
Union Township officials said they had no involvement with the “potentially offensive” billboard, posting on Facebook that billboards are privately owned, and that they have no authority or approving rights on what is displayed on them.
Residents, it’s come to our attention that a potentially offensive billboard has gone up on Morris Ave promoting a…
Union Township public information officer Natalie Pineiro said the billboard does not violate any local ordinance or laws. She called Harrison’s motives “transparent,” according to NorthJersey.com.
“It’s clear what his intentions were and now the township has been the recipient of his circus-like crusade,” Pineiro said.
However, the billboard does not reflect the town’s values, she emphasized, noting that the outrage of citizens is focused on how the billboard reflects their community.
“No matter what, it’s about common decency and respect for us,” she said, explaining that the town has a strong unity campaign no matter what a person’s politics may be.
Some people on Facebook were angry, while others seemed amused.
Some, of course, were all for the billboard.
“I support my president,” commented one person, “but I do find this humorous … Get over it folks, it’s not a big deal. #Trumpforeightyears.”
Another posted, “The billboard advertisement is covered under the First Amendment and landmark Supreme Court decisions have been rendered regarding same. So there is nothing else that needs to be discussed here. Freedom is what the USA stands for.”
“There is nothing else that needs to be discussed here. Freedom is what the USA stands for.”
This was answered by a commenter who wrote, “Funny how you’ll cite First Amendment rights here but want statues removed, history rewritten, conservatives silenced. Hypocrisy at its finest.”
See the billboard issue explored in the video below.