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Controversial Billboard Aimed At Trump Goes Up (Photo)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A new billboard in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit, is targeting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his immigration policy.

The billboard, written in Arabic, as translated to English by the Detroit Free Press, reads “Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is afraid of it.”

The billboard went up the weekend of Oct. 14 and is funded by the Nuisance Committee super PAC, which was started by the creator of the Cards Against Humanity card game.

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The PAC has raised more than $410,000 with a satirical fund-raising campaign.

"We came up with it because we believe that Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric is not based on reality. It's based in fear," Nuisance Committee spokeswoman Melissa Harris said of the billboard. "And we think that irrational fear is what's driving his anti-immigrant message."

Trump wants to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. In July, he expanded his proposal to include immigrants from “any nation that has been compromised by terrorism,” CNN reported.

"I'm looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can't use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I'm OK with that, because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim,” he said of the expansion to his policy.

He did not include what countries would be on the territories list.

The Nuisance Committee chose Dearborn because of its high population of Arab Americans in a swing state, Harris told the Detroit Free Press.

The billboard, which cost $4,850, will remain until Nov. 8--election day.

The Nuisance Committee’s first anti-Trump billboard went up in late September just outside of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, according to WLS.

“If Trump is so rich how come he didn’t buy this billboard,” it reads, and directs people to visit trumpdoesntpaytaxes.com.

Once on the website, visitors find the following header: “If Trump is so rich how come he didn’t buy this website?”

It then refers to a New York Times article that accused Trump of not paying personal income taxes for more than a decade. The GOP nominee has not released his tax returns to the public for review and therefore the information cannot be verified.

The Nuisance Committee is funding its campaign by selling Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, expansion packs for the Cards Against Humanity game, according to WLS.

"At the end of this promotion, Cards Against Humanity will tally up the sales of both packs, and depending on which pack gets more support, we will donate all the money in support of Hillary Clinton's campaign," the sales site states.

Sources: Detroit Free Press via USA Today, WLS, CNN, trumpdoesntpaytaxes.com / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Robert Allen/Detroit Free Press

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