Addison Antico: Having this sign makes me thank our Founding Fathers for creating the First Amendment
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Wayland residents drive by sophomore Addison Antico’s yard, each glaring at the campaign sign displayed. The bright lights shine into the four corners intersection, reflecting off the 14 by 48 foot purple sign that reads “Trump” in thick white letters in support of the Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump.
According to Antico, Wayland has a lot of Bernie Sanders campaign signs throughout the town. He and his Dad wanted to show their support for Trump with a sign, but because their house is not located on a main road, they decided to make a bigger one that could be seen from farther away.
The Antico family spent nine hours building the sign. It was finished on March 19. Antico shares that despite their hard work, many Wayland residents criticized it.
“These people in Wayland want to destroy my sign. They think it’s ridiculous,” Antico said. “I don’t support Bernie; [that] doesn’t mean I’ll destroy [one of their signs].”
A Wayland resident filed a complaint to the town about the sign because they wanted it removed; however, the building commissioner is allowing the Anticos to keep their sign up.
“The feedback I get from people truly doesn’t bother my family or me. We mind our own business, and we are never disrespectful towards someone who is voting for someone else,” Antico said.
Antico explains that he is appreciative for his family’s banner. It reminds him he has the freedom of speech.
“I absolutely love the sign,” Antico said. “Having this sign makes me thank our Founding Fathers for creating the First Amendment.”
Antico’s sign has received national attention. Trump recognized the banner on his Facebook page, posting a video of its construction with a caption that reads, “WOW! Thank you for your support- this just might be the largest residential campaign sign of 2016! We will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
“That was really amazing to see,” Antico said.
As of right now, the Antico family hopes the sign will show their support for Trump in the race, and they plan on taking the sign down after Trump’s campaign is over.