Congressional candidate wants to 'Make America White Again'

Rick Tyler is running for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

At least you know where he's coming from. In Tennessee, a congressional candidate has put his own spin on Donald Trump's inane campaign slogan with a billboard that calls to "Make America White Again."

'Make America White Again': A politician's billboard ignites uproar

Rick Tyler, an independent candidate in the race for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district, put up the billboard off Highway 411 in Polk County, prompting a wave a criticism. It has since been taken down.

Tyler claims he has no hatred in his heart for "people of color," and believes that American should go back to a "1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration." So he's citing fictional TV programs while yearning for an era that never actually existed.

In a Facebook post, Tyler elaborates, explaining that "It was an America where doors were left unlocked, violent crime was a mere fraction of today's rate of occurrence, there were no car jackings, home invasions, Islamic Mosques or radical Jihadist sleeper cells." He actually calls it "Norman Rockwell America."

He's also reportedly posted a second billboard on Highway 64 that depicts the White House ringed with Confederate flags, with the statement "I Have a Dream." Right, but this guy is totally not a racist.

While Tyler believes the majority of the people in the county like the signs -- "I saw people taking pictures beside it right after I posted it," he tells WSMV-TV -- party and elected officials are speaking out against them.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes said in a statement, "There's no room for this type of hateful display in our political discourse. Racism should be rejected in all its heinous forms in the Third Congressional District and around the country."

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who currently holds the 3rd District seat, also released a statement on the billboards: "I totally and unequivocally condemn the billboard and Mr. Tyler's message and will vigorously fight any form of racism in the 3rd district of Tennessee or anywhere else in the nation."

But you know what? If Rick Tyler is actually elected in November, those voters get exactly what they deserve.

More here: UPDATE: "Make America White Again" campaign signs removed


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