‘Make America White Again’ billboard sparks outrage

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 16:11:19-04

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. - A candidate running for Tennessee’s 3rd congressional district has caused a major controversy with his campaign billboards.

One of Rick Tyler's signs declared “Make America White Again” and the other quotes “I have a dream” over a drawing of the White House covered in Confederate flags.

He told WRCB-TV that he doesn’t hate “people of color,” but wants to return to a "1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration."

"I don't know how many millions of us there are but, I believe there are a lot of us; we believe that was a better America than the America we're living in today," Tyler claims.

Tyler is one of three independent candidates running for the seat now held by Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican, who faces both Republican and Democratic contenders.

Someone has already taken the sign down, but Tyler plans to put it back up.