Anti-Trump Billboard in Dearborn, Michigan Written In Arabic; Deliberately Not Translated
*A billboard against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is raising some eyebrows along I-94 in Dearborn, Mich.
The sign, near the Ford Road exit, is almost entirely in Arabic — with the exception of “Donald Trump” typed in English and the web address: trumpisscared.org.
The message, from the super PAC “Nuisance Committee,” translates to: “Donald Trump doesn’t know what this means, but he’s scared of it anyway.”
“We intentionally did not put the translation on the board,” explained spokeswoman Melissa Harris, in an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber, “because I like the idea of people who do not speak Arabic having to ask their friends who do speak Arabic for them to translate the board for them.”
She said her group chose Dearborn because of its large Arab-American population, according to Detroit’s CBS affiliate.
“And I personally hope this also will generate some dialogue between Arabic speaking people and non-Arabic speaking people in Detroit and across the country.”
The Nuisance Committee is a political action committee founded by the creators of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity with the mission, Harris said, “to annoy Donald Trump.”
Harris said her group hopes to motivate the Arab-American community to have their voices heard — especially in Michigan, which is a swing state.
“We’re not name-calling, we’re not insulting…We’re simply pointing out that his fear, Donald Trump’s fear of Muslims and of immigrants is wholly irrational,” she added. “It is not based in fact; and we hope this exposes, you know, what we feel is the true motivation behind his hateful rhetoric, which is fear — irrational fear.”
Trump caused a stir among some Arab-Americans back in September when he called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until, he said, our country’s representatives “can figure out what is going on.”
Photos of the billboard are making the rounds on social media; one having been retweeted more than 5,000 times as of Monday.