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Colorado billboard uses Soviet-era hammer and sickle in GOP logo as jab at Russia-Trump controversy

A billboard in Grand Junction, Colorado, implies that the Republican party is linked to communism and socialism. (Moussa81/Getty Images)

A liberal blogger and provocateur is behind a Grand Junction, Colorado, billboard that takes a jab at the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin, the Colorado Times Recorder reported.

Who bought the sign?

The electronic billboard features the letters GOP on an all-red background with Soviet-era hammer and sickle to represent the “O.” The idea for the sign came from Anne Landman, who is also a local author, according to the report.

"I bought the billboard myself for a week purely out of my own level of outrage and frustration over Trump's secret meeting with Putin in Helsinki," Landman told the publication.

"The things he did and said, trusting Putin over the conclusions of all of our own country's intelligence agencies, blaming Americans for Russian cyber attacks on our election, making secret agreements, offering to consider handing Americans over to Putin's intelligence agents to be interrogated, it was just unbelievable," she explained.

The sign, located on an electronic billboard on U.S. Highway 6 & 50 at the Rimrock Marketplace, costs $265 per week. Landman has raised $1,696, and plans to post the sign in at least two other locations, according to the report.

Landman reportedly said she got the idea for the sign from a Facebook friend. She then contacted the owner of the image, MadDog PAC, to ask permission to use its GOP design. The group is a political action committee that was formed to raise money to politically oppose Trump, the report states.

"The billboard seems to be a lightning rod for the frustration of people with the Trump administration, and what it is doing to our country," Landman told the Colorado Times Recorder. "Also, Democrats and progressives in our area have long been suppressed, outnumbered, made fun of, denigrated and lived in fear of speaking their minds and they are just rallying around this in a way I never imagined."

What are people saying?

An administrator for the group Mad Dog PAC wrote on Facebook:

"Check out the new billboard in Grand Junction that takes Republicans to task for siding with Trump who agreed with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at Helsinki over his own intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia’s 2016 election interference. Hobby Lobby in the background is a very nice touch."

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