A billboard erected last week in Detroit, Michigan, is poking fun at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
But Trump likely has no idea what the sign says, as the majority of its text is written in Arabic. The only words presented in English are “Donald Trump” and a web address that reads “TrumpIsScared.org.”
So, what does the message actually say? It reads, “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it.”
While some might assume at first glance that the billboard was posted by a Muslim group opposed to Trump’s policies and beliefs, it was actually posted and paid for by the Nuisance Committee, a political action group that opposes the Republican businessman, as The Washington Post reported.
The group was founded by the same people who created Cards Against Humanity, an edgy party game that’s gained popularity in recent years. And, according to the Post, this is just one of the Nuisance Committee anti-Trump attacks that have been waged in recent months.
The signage was strategically placed near Dearborn, a city with a large Muslims population; it comes after Trump famously proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S. last December — a policy he later backed away from, instead favoring increased vetting of people who come from countries with a history of terror.
So, naturally, the Nuisance Committee’s billboard is meant to take specific aim at Trump’s immigration stance.
“We came up with it because we believe that Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric is not based on reality. It’s based in fear,” Melissa Harris, a spokeswoman for the Nuisance Committee, told the Detroit Free Press. “And we think that irrational fear is what’s driving his anti-immigrant message.”
When users visit TrumpIsScared.org — the website referenced on the billboard — they’re greeted with a website that has a black background with white text, much like the billboard itself.
That text comes from a statement issued by Trump last year. It reads, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
The website then includes text dubbing Trump’s immigration policies as “inconsistent, if not downright illegal,” and offers up a timeline of events documenting his changing positions on the issue.
So far, the Nuisance Committee has raised more than $400,000 through a satirical fundraising campaign that offers the public Cards Against Humanist expansion packs that focus on Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
At the end of the fundraiser, the organization pledges to donate money raised from the sale of expansion packs to Clinton’s presidential campaign.
(H/T: Washington Post)