A gun store billboard that referred to members of the infamous Democrat “squad” as “idiots” has reportedly been removed because of the furious backlash it’d sparked from left-wing members of both the public and the media, as well as two of the “squad” members themselves.
Erected in late July by Allison Outdoor Advertising on behalf of Cherokee Guns, the billboard had depicted the faces of “squad” members Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley underneath the caption, “The 4 Horsemen are Idiots.”
Look (and be sure to like the page, assuming you like the billboard):
Posted by Cherokee Guns on Sunday, July 28, 2019
The billboard was erected in Murphy, North Carolina.
The “horsemen” part of the ad was in reference to two things: One, the belief that members of the “squad” are the “future of the Democrat Party,” and two, radical plans by these members to essentially eliminate capitalism and transform America into a socialist “utopia.”
While the cheeky ad made no references to violence and contained no hateful rhetoric — calling people “idiots” isn’t exactly hateful — it quickly made major headlines as the billboard went viral.
Virtually every major media network covered the story — and did so in such a way as to imply that there was something dangerous and racist about the billboard.
“A new billboard in North Carolina shows four minority congresswomen smiling down on the small town of Murphy, their faces at odds with the apocalyptic phrase slapped above them: The 4 Horsemen Cometh,” U.S. News & World Report reported.
The Washington Post went with the racism angle as well. But instead of explicitly highlighting the “squad” members’ race, the Post shared the following post from the far-left Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:
Disgusting anti-government violent rhetoric from Cherokee Guns in North Carolina.
Threats against members of Congress,…
Posted by Coalition to Stop Gun Violence on Monday, July 29, 2019
The Post also highlighted the social media posts of “squad” members Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, both of whom have claimed that the billboard is somehow a threat to their lives.
“#Racist rhetoric from the occupant of the @WhiteHouse has made hate our new normal. We are still vulnerable. @RepMarkMeadows – Cherokee Guns is in your district & you and I serve on a committee together. Here’s your chance to finally do the right thing,” Pressley tweeted.
It’s unclear what race has to do with Cherokee Guns’ criticism of the radical “squad.”
“How the hell is this not inciting violence?” Tlaib wrote in her own tweet.
#Racist rhetoric from the occupant of the @WhiteHouse has made hate our new normal. We are still vulnerable. @RepMarkMeadows – Cherokee Guns is in your district & you and I serve on a committee together. Here’s your chance to finally do the right thing. https://t.co/IvR1eunFQt
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) July 30, 2019
How the hell is this not inciting violence? https://t.co/rgdDloiePq
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 31, 2019
On the same day that Tlaib posted her tweet, a news station in Tennessee received confirmation from Allison Outdoor Advertising that it’d be taking down Cherokee Guns’ billboard.
“For all those who has concern over the Cherokee Guns Artwork. The board is coming down. This Creative never came on managements desk for approval. We understand this is a delicate subject and we greatly apologize for it ever going up,” the firm reportedly announced in a since-deleted Facebook post, according to station WTVC.
While it’s unclear why the post was deleted, it’s presumed it was removed because of backlash from the army of those who do support the gun store and its allegedly controversial billboard.
“The billboard has been driving business into our store,” the owner of the store, Doc, said in a statement. “This was the main goal, as what any billboard is for! We give no apologies as we believe in our message (as many others do). The bottom line – this country will never be a Socialist country. I think President Trump will agree!”
He added that the billboard had nothing to do with race or violence: “I don’t care if it’s four white women, four white guys who have their view — they’d be on the billboard.”
In fact, the only ones who’ve been acting violently are those who oppose the billboard and have been calling to harass and threaten him, his employees and his family. Granted, for every call from a psychopath, Doc’s also received a call of support.
“We were at the gun store earlier this week, when phones rang off the hook, and Doc taking them. Many of the calls praised the shop’s owners for putting up the billboard,” WTVC reported.
“If we were still in North Carolina, we would have to make a trip to come purchase some firearms from these guys and support them, because that’s amazing,” one caller can be heard saying in the video below:
What remains unclear is what will happen next. Doc has reportedly said he is mulling suing Allison Outdoor Advertising for removing his billboard.
This isn’t Doc’s first time in the limelight. He first appeared on the national radar four years ago when he put up a billboard that read, “‘Give me your tired, your poor …’ keep your Syrian refugees.”
And just like this time, he was accused of racism.
“I didn’t put the billboard up on any kind of hate type bias,” he said at the time. “It was just something that was my opinion. What’s going on in the world today. We really need to take care of our own before we take care of all these refugees.”
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