Trump/Pence sign starts as prank, turns in to free speech case in WA city

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A Trump Pence 2020 campaign yard sign in Bremerton WA started as a prank but is now becoming a free speech case after the sign was vandalized.{ } (2016 AP File Photo of Donald Trump and Mike Pence/Evan Vucci)

What started as a prank between friends is turning into a free speech case in Bremerton WA.

The Kitsap Sun website reports that a "Trump/Pence 2020" sign was erected in the yard of Bremerton resident Kevin Chambers, who describes himself as anti-Trump. Chambers' friend posted the sign as a prank while he was out of town on a work trip.

But when Chambers discovered that a Facebook group in Bremerton was posting comments about coming to take down the sign and vandalize the house where it was located, he decided to take a stand.

“I decided I don’t really like Trump, but I don’t like people telling me what I could do in my yard more than I hate Trump,” Chambers told the Kitsap Sun.

In an effort to prevent the sign being vandalized, Chambers and his friend who posted the large sign raised it to 15-feet in height. Elevating it to that height, though, is a violation of city code on non-commercial signage.

KVI's John Carlson adds, "its also against the law to vandalize people's property, where were you (the city officials or police) when that was happening?"

The city has given Chambers until Jan. 21st to remove or lower the sign to comply with the code. Click on the image above to listen to John Carlson's segment on the sign controversy.

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