Vandals graffiti billboard to read “America’s Day as the Racist”

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(Courtesy: WHAS11)

LOUISVILLE (WHAS 11) – A billboard advertising Churchill Downs racing on the Fox Sports network was repainted by an anti-President Donald Trump group to say, “America’s Day as the Racist.”

The billboard was tagged by Resist 45, a Louisville group that is anti-President Donald Trump.

The billboard, located on the property of a storage facility, could be seen by motorists on I-65 on Tuesday morning.

This graffiti comes after Trump tweeted controversial remarks about some United States Congresswomen. Trump on Monday dug in on comments he had initially made a day earlier on Twitter that if lawmakers “hate our country,” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries.

His remarks were directed at four congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S.

The graffitied billboard has been replaced with a WHAS11 Wake Up advertisement.

The owner of the storage company tells us that while the billboard is on the property, they have no responsibility or ownership of it. She said it was owned by Out Front Media.

We did reach out to Out Front Media and they haven’t responded to our call.

They had a crew replace the billboard Tuesday morning.

This isn’t the first tagging by Resist 45, we reported on February 20, 2018 that they tagged a billboard to say ‘Kill the NRA.’

According to Metro Police, they are aware of the graffiti and have no suspects. If you are caught tagging, you’ll be cited with criminal mischief.

Depending on the damage, that’ll determine whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony charge.

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(This story was originally published on July 16, 2019)

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