‘The picture tells the story. We pulled out of Afghanistan too quickly and we left so much American equipment,’ says man who commissioned sign.
A former Pennsylvania state senator has commissioned roadside billboards that claim Joe Biden is “Making the Taliban Great Again!”
The sign features Biden dressed like a Taliban insurgent holding a rocket launcher and wearing a turban.
The signs were paid for by former Penn. State Sen. Scott Wagner (R), who told local media he thinks Biden really screwed the pooch in Afghanistan.
“I saw the image [of Joe Biden,] I got it from a friend a few weeks ago. The picture tells the story. We pulled out of Afghanistan too quickly and we left so much of American equipment,” Wagner told WHTM.
“Joe Biden has made us look like a fool. I feel so bad, words can’t describe what I would say to someone who was wounded or someone’s family who had a soldier pass away in the country after all this happened.”
WHTM reached out to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and was informed the message on the billboard is protected free speech.
“The Department permits such outdoor advertising to private entities through an application process, bound by law and regulation. Specifically, the Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971 (Federal Law) and Title 67, PA Code, Chapter 445 (PA Commonwealth Regulation) do not regulate or control billboard advertising content. Generally, advertising content is protected by the First Amendment under the US Constitution. Therefore, if the advertising message is legal per State or Federal laws and regulations, recourse is not warranted. While we understand the message on the Interstate 83 billboard may be unpleasant to some, it is our understanding that the message is legal. As such, the Department has no basis to require this message be changed.”
ABC27 News reports Wagner has 15 more billboards planned for various locations throughout the state.