An Idaho billboard sponsored by the Ralph Smeed Foundation is comparing President Obama to James Holmes, the man who allegedly killed at least twelve people and shot dozens more in Aurora, Colorado last week.
Describing Holmes, the billboard reads: “Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle…everyone freaks out,” and for Obama it reads: “kills thousands with his foreign policy…wins Nobel Peace Prize.”
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“Repulsive,” “disgusting,” and “bypassing tasteless,” are just some opinions of the billboard left in the comments section of local news reports.
Maurice Clements, a spokesman for the Ralph Smeed Foundation – the ultra-libertarian group that owns the billboard boasting the slogan, “Making Statism Unpopular” – admitted to the Idaho Statesman that the provocative content is “a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.”
Still, Clements stood by the billboard’s message, which was that Americans are “all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan.”
“We’re not saying that Obama is a lunatic,” Clements added.
“This billboard is offensive to all those lives lost and affected by the shooting,” Fabiola G. Monrroy wrote on the Facebook page of KBOI-TV, which first reported the story.
“Just pathetic, even if this is their expression of the 1st amendment.”