Texas Senator Ted Cruz roasted California officials for knocking down huge Trump lettering modeled to resemble the famed Hollywood sign, after they claimed it was dangerously distracting to freeway drivers.
Large white letters spelling “TRUMP”, approximately ten feet tall, reportedly appeared along the 405 Freeway prior to the morning commuter rush on Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles drivers began phoning in their grievances before 7 a.m., complaining that the sign could somehow cause a brush fire. The California Department of Transportation acted quickly and took the sign down the same day.
DoT spokesperson Lauren Wonders claimed the sign was removed for safety issues, “because there were concerns about distracted driving.” By 9 a.m. Caltans disassembled and laid down the sign “so it wasn’t a visual distraction.”
The display was reportedly on private property, but it is unclear if it was installed by the property owners or an unknown party.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz chimed in to blast officials for removing the sign. “Stunning. CA govt censors free speech on private property. A blatant abuse of power for political ends,” Cruz tweeted on Wednesday. “Does anyone think they would have made them take down a Biden sign?”
The Los Angeles population is largely Democratic, making up over 51% of registered voters to Republicans’ just shy of 22%.
Stunning. CA govt censors free speech on private property. A blatant abuse of power for political ends.
Does anyone think they would have made them take down a Biden sign? https://t.co/s5Zy185ith
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 7, 2020
Last week, a disgruntled liberal in costume Hulk smashed Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star with a pickaxe early Friday morning. The vandalism caused more than $5,000 in damage, but the Hollywood Historic Trust was quick to begin repairs that afternoon.