A decidedly anti-Trump billboard was erected in Valdosta, Georgia, but it didn't last a day before it was removed and replaced with something else.
Now, the man behind the billboard is speaking out against what he says is a violation of free speech.
What are the details?
On Tuesday, WALB-TV reported that Tom Hochschild paid the Roger Budd Company to erect the billboard that screamed for President Donald Trump's impeachment.
Hochschild, who is an assistant professor of sociology at Valdosta State University, told the outlet that he signed a contract and paid the Roger Budd Company to run the billboard on behalf of a Georgia group called Georgians for the Impeachment of Donald Trump.
“[Our group believes] that [Trump] has committed some impeachable offenses and we want to explore that. We want to promote our group," Hochschild said as the spokesman for the group.
The station reported that the anti-Trump billboard was erected on Thursday, Aug. 17, around 3 p.m. By 2 p.m. the next day, the billboard was gone.
A concerned Hochschild contacted the Roger Budd Company to inquire about the billboard.
“They told me that they were getting calls from other businesses that advertise with Roger Budd. Those other businesses were threatening to pull that advertising if the impeach billboard stayed up,” Hochschild said.
He admitted that the company offered to refund his money, but Hochschild reportedly did not accept the refund.
What was Hochschild's reaction?
Hochschild ripped the apparent bias against his group, noting that south Georiga is rife with billboards with social and political commentary.
“If you drive aroundsouth Georgia, you’re gonna see a lot of billboards with a lot of social and political messages," he said. "The problem is that some of these billboard companies only promote certain type of messages, and they seem to stifle other viewpoints.”
"We have freedom of speech in this country. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that one political party gets to say whatever they want, or certain views get exposed and others don’t," he added. "Everybody should be brought to the table and all views should be heard."
The station reportedly reached out to the company, but did not receive a response.
On Thursday, the Valdosta Daily Times reported that Hochschild and the group are looking into their legal options after the sign's removal.
“Basically, we just want them to fulfill their contract,” Hochschild said. “It doesn’t even have to be that billboard. We want our billboard up for the original 30 days we agreed upon.”