A Michigan billboard in Arabic reads, "Donald Trump can’t read this, but he is scared of it." (Photo by New York Daily)
A billboard in the US state of Michigan has ridiculed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, taking a swipe at his xenophobic rhetoric about Muslims and immigration.
The hoarding appears alongside a Michigan highway, saying in white Arabic text on a black background, “Donald Trump can’t read this, but he is scared of it anyway.”
The advert, which was paid for by a super PAC opposed to Trump’s candidacy, is placed on Interstate 94, an area that has a high concentration of Arab-American residents.
“We came up with it because we believe that Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric is not based on reality. It’s based on fear,” said Melissa Harris, the anti-Trump PAC spokeswoman. “And we think that irrational fear is what’s driving his anti-immigrant message.”
The billboard is to stay up in the swing state through Election Day on November 8.
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on October 17, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Trump’s campaign has been marred by his disparaging remarks against minorities in the US. His comments include a call to ban all Muslims from coming to America as well as staopping Mexican migrants by building a long wall along the US-Mexico border.
He has also sought for a database to track Muslims across the United States and said that the US would have "absolutely no choice" but to close down mosques.
Trump’s proposal has been condemned by Muslim and human rights groups as well as his Democratic rivals and many of his Republican proponents, who describe the proposal as divisive, counterproductive and contrary to American values.