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County Officials Fight With Homeowner Over Trump Sign

| by Zara Zhi
Trump sign displayed on Rigg's roofTrump sign displayed on Rigg's roof

A Baltimore man has been pressed to take down a rooftop sign that shows support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Anne Arundel County officials are in the process of filing a zoning violation against David Riggs Jr., 49, since county code prohibits signs that “project above the roof structure, a sign painted on the roof of a structure, and a sign supported by poles, uprights, or braces extending from or attached to the roof of a structure.”

The sign is 8 feet by 4 feet and white with “Trump” in giant block red letters. It is held in place by a wooden frame on the top of his old tobacco farmhouse, according to the Capital Gazette.

Riggs, an entrepreneur, believes that he’s not in violation of the code because the sign is temporary – which doesn’t require a permit – similar to a political campaign sign on someone’s yard.

"My objective is not for a lawsuit," says Riggs. "It's a principle and a point. It's my first amendment right. It's a political sign. I have the right to have it up there. They'll have to incarcerate me."

If Riggs doesn't remove the sign, the county will issue a cease and desist letter to him, which he can appeal.

The 49-year-old lives on a 40-acre family farm and grows corn and soybeans. He owns dozens of livestock and drives a Volvo RV Hauler with a large picture of Mount Rushmore onthe front and a bald eagle on the side, all emblazoned with the American flag.

Riggs says he has a strong passion for politics and wanted to put up the sign to show is support for Trump. Though he admits that Trump is “not a saint,” he thinks a Trump administration would be committed to the greater good of the nation.

"He will make mistakes, but we're not going in the right direction... We have to change," Riggs says. "If we don't change, we're going to go bankrupt. Our country should be run like a business."

Riggs said he's taking the dispute with the county day by day, but has conferred with friends who are attorneys, according to the Capital Gazette.

“I have the right on my own property to voice my own opinion as long as I don’t harm anybody,” he told the Annapolis Patch. “You don’t have to agree with me.”

Sources: Capital Gazette, Annapolis Patch / Photo credit: Capital Gazette

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