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Congressional Candidate Erects Super-Racist Campaign Billboard

Rick Tyler says he's inspired by Donald Trump
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Polk County, Tenn., restaurant owner running for a congressional seat is outraging neighbors and the internet with an exceptionally racist campaign billboard, WTVC reports. “I am so enraged I can barely express myself without copious amounts of profanity," Amy Hines Woody captioned her photo of the billboard on Facebook in a post that has apparently since been taken down. The billboard, which reads "Make America White Again," was erected near her home by Rick Tyler. Tyler, who says he's inspired by Donald Trump, is running a “campaign of explicit white nationalism," according to Gawker. On his campaign website (which is also down; cached version here), Tyler says Trump has “loosened up the overall spectrum of political discourse.” He goes on to claim the “white American super majority," needed to fight tyranny, is being destroyed.

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While the "Make America White Again" billboard was removed Tuesday, Tyler is asking for donations to fund his other billboard ideas, including ones that read "Stop the Muslim invasion" and “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be miscegenators.” Tyler, who is running as an Independent and got a whopping 0.4% of the vote when he previously ran in 2014, has no realistic shot at winning. Therefore, Gawker states that “his candidacy is probably best read as an example of that which Donald Trump hath wrought.” Meanwhile, calls for a boycott of Tyler's business, the Whitewater Grille, are coming from former customers and the Kiwanis of Ocoee, which calls his billboard "repugnant." (Read more racism stories.)

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