Artists design anti-Trump billboard ahead of presidential debate

Posted at 10:09 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 09:16:02-04

CLEVELAND — Artists have designed and installed nine anti-Trump billboards in Cleveland ahead of Tuesday's presidential debate.

The billboards address coronavirus, police brutality, and other issues from the president's first term.

The nine billboards that went up across the city are part of the #VoteThemOut campaign that was launched in five battleground cities: Detroit, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona.

Organized by Cleveland natives Scott Goodstein and Jeff Rusnak, they say the billboards and street art use President Trump’s words against him—pointing to issues of police brutality and the coronavirus.

The billboards are located in the following areas in Cleveland:

  • Migrant Children—by Claudio Martinez— I-71, just east of Memphis Avenue and on West 25th Street in Ohio City.
  • Police Brutality ”When the looting starts the shooting starts”—by Shepard Fairey—I-71 north near the airport and also on Carnegie Avenue.
  • Coronavirus— Nate Lewis— On the way to the debate, near Cleveland Clinic on Carnegie Avenue and on Chester Avenue.
  • Coronavirus Grave Stones—Justin Hampton— Innerbelt Freeway, Carnegie Avenue and Carnegie Avenue near East 46th Street.
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Billboard by Nate Lewis.

The artists said they're using the president's own words against him and are encouraging Ohioans to vote him out of office.

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Billboard by Nate Lewis.

The Cuyahoga County Republican Party said Joe Biden will face a strong challenge from the president inside the debate hall and that will not be camouflaged by artsy distractions.

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Billboard by Justin Hampton.