Residents in New Jersey’s Union Township are upset about a billboard promoting a supposedly-upcoming documentary about President Trump. Plastered on the billboard are the words “Our Leader: The Idiot,” with Trump’s face making it obvious who the “idiot” is in the title. While Union Township is presumably as evenly divided on the president’s performance as any other American town, even those who aren’t big fans of Trump think the billboard is disrespectful of the presidency and should be taken down.
According to Union Township spokesperson Natalie Pineiro, hundreds of people have commented on the town’s Facebook page to complain about the advertisement.
“It has been a resounding outrage to the fact that somebody is going to these lengths to attack a sitting president,” Pineiro told the local news. “It’s something we’ve heard equally about from residents no matter their party, age, demographic. It’s something that’s caused a stir here.”
The town went out of their way to tell local commenters that they had nothing at all to do with the creation, nor even the approval, of the sign.
“What a lot of people are claiming is that it’s a political billboard that the township somehow authorized to go up and that’s just not the case,” they wrote. “It’s a privately owned billboard on private property. Outfront Media Group, which owns the billboard are the people who authorized that advertisement to go up.”
The billboard is, according to News 12, the brainchild of an activist named Neil Harrison, who does not even live in Union Township. He paid $1,000 to erect the sign in New Jersey because his homebase of New York City does not permit political billboards.
“Manafort was convicted,” Harrison said. “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 for the documentary.”
Town resident Sharon Galitsky said in a Facebook post that she was ashamed to drive past the billboard every day.
“This is an embarrassment to our town,” she said. “Why should Union tolerate a NY citizen making us look like fools. Completely outrageous and disrespectful of our Federal government.”
We can’t say we have a problem with anyone who cares to “disrespect” our federal government, because God knows, in good times and bad, there’s plenty to disrespect.
But if this guy thinks that calling the president an “idiot” on a billboard is worth $1,000 a month, well, all we can say is: Who is the real idiot here?