Residents in Haverhill, Massachusetts, are rallying behind a homeowner who is fighting a city ordinance limiting the amount of Donald Trump signs on his lawn.
Dozens of locals showed up at the residence of Rick Early on Saturday morning to protest the city’s ordinance that prohibits political signs totaling more than 32 square feet. Mr. Early’s signs add up to more than 300 square feet, a local CBS News affiliate reported.
“It’s way in excess of what’s allowed, and that’s all he’s been cited for is that he’s over the signage allowed by the city ordinance,” City Building Inspector Dick Osborne told the station.
Many of the supporters that showed up at Mr. Early’s house wore pro-Trump gear and held signs that supported the Republican presidential nominee. Others said they were not there to support Mr. Trump, but to stand up for Mr. Early’s free speech rights.
“It’s just a show of support,” Mr. Early told CBS. “A lot of people want to support what we are doing and don’t like what the city is doing.”
Police said Mr. Early has a right to assemble in front of his home, even though many neighbors complained about the noise.
“I’m upset by the disturbance in the neighborhood. They’ve been honking like this since 8 a.m.,” one neighbor told CBS.
“I am not decided yet, but he’s been getting pushed around for exceeding the square foot limit,” neighbor Paul Fitzmeyer added. “I don’t see where this isn’t anything but his free speech.”
Mr. Early said he put up the signs in January to express support for his favorite candidate.
“He speaks to the average voter,” he said of Mr. Trump. “He’s not your average politician. He’s a business man, and I think that’s what we need in the White House.”
Mr. Early said he has not been fined yet but will take legal action if he does in the future, CBS reported.