A new billboard in North Carolina portrays Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her team as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and labels the four minority congress women as & # 39; idiots & # 39 ;.
The owner of Cherokee Guns posted an image of the poster on his Facebook page on Sunday and urged followers to share it. The billboard is signed by & # 39; the Deplorables & # 39; – an expression used to describe supporters of President Donald Trump.
The billboard shows AOC, along with Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, smiling at the small town of Murphy in Cherokee County with the apocalyptic sentence & # 39; The 4 Horsemen Cometh & # 39; beaten above them.
It then shows a red line sticking out the last word and editing the sentence to say instead: & # 39; The 4 horsemen are idiots & # 39 ;.
It is a reference to the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, a symbolic prophecy from the Bible book of Revelation where the quartet is described as the harbinger of the end of the world.
The store owner – who only wanted to be identified as Doc – said after posting the image that he was being threatened online, but defended the post as & # 39; free speech & # 39 ;.
He told DailyMail.com: & # 39; This is a very pro-Trump district. We have Trump dolls and hats in the store.
& # 39; Basically, I think these four women are anti-American. & # 39;
Cherokee Guns placed an image of a billboard that depicts AOC and her team as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the women & # 39; idiots & # 39; called. The owner of the gun shop has defended the post as & # 39; free speech & # 39; and doubled by producing bumper stickers
The sign shows AOC together with Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from left to right, with the apocalyptic sentence & # 39; The 4 Horsemen Cometh & # 39; beaten above them. The billboard then shows a red line that crosses the last word, to say instead: & # 39; The 4 riders are idiots & # 39;
Doc said there had been a positive and negative response to the post.
& # 39; I didn't think I'd stir the pot and have no feedback, & # 39 ;, he told DailyMail.com
& # 39; But everyone has a right to his opinion. It is called the first amendment.
& # 39; It's not racist. If these four girls were white women, I would have put them there too. & # 39;
& # 39; The team & # 39; as they are known, has openly criticized Trump's foreign policy, tax cuts, environmental policy and other administrative priorities.
They accused the president of being a & # 39; racist & # 39; tweet, in which he said they complain too much and & # 39; should go back to where they came from & # 39 ;.
After placing the image, Cherokee Guns doubled the criticism and followed the billboard by confirming that it would produce a bumper sticker of the image.
They wrote: & # 39; Ok, my fellow unbelievers for Trump … because of the overwhelming demand … you can come by the store (next week) and get your own FOUR HORSES COMETH STICKER.
& # 39; Tell us that you are voting for Trump in 2020 … and you will receive a limited edition bumper sticker !! (As long as supplies last!) Snowflakes and liberals are not eligible … sorry … & # 39;
In July, Trump used his Twitter account to promote a US senator's claim that the team & # 39; the four riders of the Apocalypse & # 39; is
The sign is signed & # 39; the Deplorables & # 39; and has provoked sharp responses.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which the billboard & # 39; dangerous & # 39; named, writes: & # 39; Disgusting anti-government violent rhetoric from Cherokee Guns in North Carolina.
The group says: & threats against members of Congress, in particular minority members, are on the rise and it is driven by the racial rhetoric of the president. & # 39;
They add: & # 39; This is dangerous !!! & # 39;
Another critic wrote: & # 39; The sign shows your ignorance. & # 39;
One said: & # 39; Hateful language that incites violence. Report this message and your promotions. & # 39;
And supporters wrote online that they love billboard & # 39; and added: & # 39; Don't get it out! & # 39;
The store owner, who says he has been threatened online, defended the post as & # 39; free speech & # 39;
Cherokee Guns succeeded the billboard by confirming that they produced this sticker
The man – who would only give his name as Doc, added: & # 39; We are known for our controversial billboards.
& # 39; We have let people call the store to say it is a good idea. We had threats online to burn down the building. But I'm not scared. & # 39;
The store too placed photos of their billboard with a muscular Donald Trump in front of an American flag. It reads: & # 39;No collusion. No obstruction. Simply guns !!! A mile on the right. & # 39;
In July, Trump used his Twitter account to promote an American senator's claim that a group of Democratic opponents of the President & # 39; are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The president quoted Louisiana Republican John Kennedy from a performance the night before at the Fox News & Tucker Carlson Tonight & # 39; program.
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