Drivers in Polk County, Tennessee, this week have been treated to the above image on a roadside billboard, courtesy of Rick Tyler, a third-party candidate for U.S. Congress. According to the local Kiwanis, Tyler is the owner of a local restaurant, which I can only imagine will be seeing its business suffer in the coming days.
Tyler, whose name will appear on ballots as an Independent in Tennessee’s third district in the fall, is running on a campaign of explicit white nationalism. His website features an image of the White House flying Confederate Flags alongside the text “I Have a Dream,” and links to blog posts with titles like “The Browning of America,” “White Birthright and Non-White Privilege,” and “Martin Luther King...Saint or Sinner?” (The site appears to be down, but you can view a cached version here.)
Tyler has almost no chance of winning—the victor will likely be incumbent Republican congressman Charles Fleischmann or one of his primary challengers—so his candidacy is probably best read as an example of that which Donald Trump hath wrought. The “Make America White Again” slogan is an obvious nod to the Donald’s very expensive baseball cap embroidery, and Tyler cites Trump as an influence on his rhetoric, local ABC affiliate WTVC notes.
Other billboard ideas proposed on Tyler’s campaign site include ““Fight federal tyranny / Stop the Muslim invasion,” and “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be miscegenators.” Catchy!