Seeing Red: 'GOP' Billboard Turns Heads


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) — A new billboard has a lot of people talking in Grand Junction, Colorado.

It has the letters GOP on it, but it's mixed in with symbols from the Soviet Union.

It went up near the Rimrock shopping center earlier this week.

"It's red and in big gold letters it says GOP," said Anne Landman, who funded the billboard.

But something is replacing the "O."

"A symbol equated with communism and socialism, it's a hammer and sickle," said Landman.

The goal is to send a pretty clear message.

"The Republican party is now the party of Putin and Russia, and siding with them against the U.S.," said Landman. "Drawing attention to this disastrous summit in Helsinki between Trump and Putin and how outraged we all were."

It did catch the eyes of some in the Republican Party.

"Right now, it's more humorous than anything, and more power to them," said Andrew Weber, the vice chair of the Mesa County Republican Party. "I think the party is strong and more active than we've ever been."

There have also been reports of the same billboard going up in Indiana.

Claude Taylor, who is the chairman for a political action committee called Mad Dog, is behind the billboards.

On Twitter, he posted photos in April of the same billboard that he was "pretty sure" was in Indiana.

According the the website, that billboard is in Austin, Indiana.

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