A controversial billboard is causing a commotion in Calvert County. Located near the intersection of Route 4 and Bowie Shop Road in Huntingtown, it depicts Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in cartoon feces. The sign then says, “DON’T BLAME TRUMP! YOU ARE STUCK WITH THESE TWO (expletive) HEADS!!!”
While many can agree with the overall messaging of the billboard, some are speaking out against it due to the fact that it is displayed in a community, and children who drive by will be exposed to the language on the sign.
One of those individuals calling for the removal of the sign is Jeanette Flaim, chairwoman of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee.
Flaim stated the controversial billboard “is vulgar and it doesn’t reflect Calvert County. 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.”
But the Board of County Commissioners has said it’s powerless to do anything about the billboard, as with previous conservative-themed signs posted at the location over the years.
“There is nothing that we as county government can do for language that’s on a legal sign,” Buddy Hance, the board president, said at a meeting of the commissioners last Tuesday. “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.”
When a similar billboard was posted at the same location in 2018, the county sheriff persuaded an unidentified local man to take it down of his own volition.
Despite the comments, Board of County Commissioners President Buddy Hance indicated that taking the sign down may not be easy. Flaim, a Democrat, insisted that it’s just not an issue of free speech after numerous signs blasting Biden and supporting former president Donald Trump has gone up in the same place without any repercussions.
What she particularly takes issue with is the insulting language and the mocking imagery that was used on this particular billboard. She stated, “We have not complained about any other signs. It’s this sign we think is, again, damaging to all of us, all of us in Calvert. The GOP, the Independents, everybody.”
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A controversial political billboard in Calvert County is causing a stir, but local politicians say there’s nothing they can do about it. Seems like after electing a President the Americans are not really liking him…? pic.twitter.com/KAQmQhvLnh
— Eagle Eye (@SortedEagle) May 26, 2021