Digital billboard compares president to Aurora 'Dark Knight' shooting suspect (Video)

July 29, 2012

An Idaho digital billboard sponsored by a quasi-libertarian group compares President Obama to the suspect in the July 20 Aurora, Colo., movie shootings, according to the Huffington Post.

The billboard in Caldwell, Idaho, compares the president to James Holmes, the 24-year-old man accused of killing 12 people during a showing of Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises":

The giant sign on Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue features a photo of Holmes with the words, "Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out," written under his picture, juxtaposed to a photo of Obama with the words, "Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize," written below.

The billboard often features anti-Obama messages, and is sponsored by The Ralph Smeed Foundation, the supporters of the late activist for libertarian causes in Idaho. Foundation member and former state lawmaker Maurice Clements, told The Idaho Statesman the billboard is a response to Obama's 'broken promise' to bring home the troops.

"We're all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we're not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan," Clements explained to the paper, and added that he's not trying to connect Obama to Holmes, he's just comparing the way society reacts. "We're not saying that Obama is a lunatic," he said.

The billboard has sparked outrage in Idaho according to several of the state's news outlets, the Post reports. The story, which was posted on the site Saturday afternoon, had by late Sunday night garnered nearly 18,000 comments from readers.

Watch the Post's video report below:



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