A billboard along a highway in liberal Maryland disparaging President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris using vulgarity is raising eyebrows and ire.
The sign, which is situated along Route 4 near Huntingtown, features cartoon faces of Biden and Harris propped atop large emojis of pooh, saying, “DON’T BLAME TRUMP! YOU ARE STUCK WITH THESE TWO S–T HEADS!!!”
The billboard features another pair of poop emojis to drive the message home and is signed, “From all your deplorables in Calvert County,” a reference to two-time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, who used the term during an interview in 2016 as an insult to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters.
The indelicate sign is located on private property and is of legal size, the New York Post reported, adding that it does not appear to violate any state or local laws. However, it is nonetheless sparking a lot of anger among local Democrats.
“It’s just vulgar,” Jeanette Flaim, chairperson of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, said in an interview with Fox 5 DC.
“Kids are going to school, and they’re going by it every day, and parents are driving their kids. We just don’t think kids should have to see that or parents should have to explain that,” she added.
In a separate interview with the Southern Maryland Chronicle, Flaim described the billboard as “deeply disturbing.”
“This does not reflect the values of our county, regardless of party. Our county is home to a myriad of families who must drive by this on their way from school or work. Our county welcomes visitors from far and wide. Parents should not have to explain something so vile to their small children. And it certainly shouldn’t be what our visitors remember us for,” Flaim said.
However, outrage or not, the sign remains alongside the road to greet residents and visitors alike.
“There is nothing that we as county government can do for language that’s on a legal sign,” Buddy Hance, president of the Board of County Commissioners, told Fox 5 DC.
“You know this country was built on the foundation of free speech, and sometimes we like what that free speech says and sometimes we don’t,” Hance noted further.
In 2018, according to the Chronicle, the county board voted to allow vulgar and graphic signs to be erected in certain town centers to include Huntingtown.
The outlet added that the board is restricted in its ability to regulate such signage anyway due to a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
“Under the First Amendment, a government, including a municipal government vested with state authority, has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content. U.S.C.A. Const. Amend. 1,” the outlet reported, citing the decision.
Nevertheless, residents have called for the sign to be taken down, the Chronicle noted.
“I’m not sure this is what those Commissioners had in mind when they took that vote,” Flaim told the local outlet.
“It’s clear that this has gone too far. I encourage our current Commissioners to act swiftly to remedy this blight on our community. And the Calvert County Democratic Party calls on our friends with the Calvert GOP to join us in unequivocally condemning this sign and demanding its immediate removal,” she added.
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