A controversial billboard in a small Indiana city that pictured President Barack Obama with a small, black Hitler mustache has drawn the ire of many residents, who say it goes too far.
The billboard ran this weekend on a prominent digital marquee in Kendallville, Indiana, a town of 9,800 people.
The advertising space was purchased by a controversial political group that opposes modern banking and believes Obama is helping to spark the Third World War.
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Kendallville is located in a conservative region of Northern Indiana – where residents voted for Mitt Romney over Obama by nearly a two-to-one margin in 2012. But many Kendallville natives were outraged by the comparison.
‘All the hard work that we put forward as a community to change our image, to be a positive, growing community, and then a sign like this appears. It just undoes everything we’ve been doing,’ Mayor Suzanne Handshoe told WANE-TV.
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Another Kendallville resident Billy Wright agreed, saying the comparison went too far.
The billboard, which ran Saturday and Sunday, was purchased by the LaRouche Political Action Committee – a group dedicated to advancing the controversial views of former presidential candidate Lydon LaRouche.
LaRouche’s critics have called his world perspectives fascism and conspiracy theories.
He was convicted of tax evasion and wire fraud in the 1980s and spent time in federal prison.
The group states on its website: ‘It does not matter what party he belongs to. Needlessly murdering civilians is an impeachable crime. The following is an indictment of Obama for War Crimes, Cover-ups & Blatant Violations of the U.S. Constitution.’
The LaRouche PAC also argues that Obama has formed an unholy an alliance with al-Qaeda.
Followers of LaRouche told WANE they were in Kendallville for a conference and bought the billboard space to make their presence known.
By Tuesday, the billboard ha been taken down because the group had only paid for it to run for two days.