Billboard campaign shows Republican disgust for Donald Trump in Florida
Republican Voters Against Trump billboard.

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These anti-Trump voters won't vote in the shadows.

It’s one thing to go quietly into a voting booth and vote for someone in another party. It’s another to have your face plastered on a billboard declaring your intentions in your home state.

A $2 million billboard campaign just launched in Florida courtesy of Republican Voters Against Trump doing just that.

It’s an expansion of digital billboards already on display in swing states Pennsylvania, Arizona and North Carolina. It’s all part of a $20 million national advertising campaign. Testimonials come from Republicans, former Republicans and former Donald Trump supporters now ready for a change.

Roadside images will include some Florida Republicans and conservatives with the names and faces in car-sized fonts, making clear they intend to vote for Joe Biden for President.

“I’m a Republican. I’m a Marine Veteran. I’m voting Biden,” reads one billboard featuring Ron from Sarasota.

“I’m a Conservative. I’m an Army Veteran. I’m voting Biden,” reads one from Robert in Lake Worth.

“I’m a Republican. I’m a Christian. I’m voting Biden,” reads another showing Richard from DeLand.

While the billboards notably leave off last names and information that could lead to harassment for the voters providing testimonials, photographs ensure these men are all in for conversation at their local breakfast stops.

Not all are registered Republicans, but each featured individual makes clear their natural political leanings do not normally point to the Democratic nominee.

Jim Zaenglien, a Fernandina Beach Republican, told the Orlando Sentinel he thought it was important to tell other Florida voters Trump is “not fit” for reelection.

“He doesn’t conduct himself in a manner that I think a President should,” Zaenglin said. “He lies. He doesn’t have any integrity. He’s a womanizer and I consider him a racist. I think there’s a spectrum of racism, and he’s toward the extreme.”

RVAT leaders have made clear they want to provide an example to soft Republicans considering a vote against the President.

A look through previews of the billboard provided by RVAT hints at the demographics this ad campaign seeks to reach. All five provided images show white men. Most represent an older demographic.

Quotes alongside three of the subjects identify themselves as veterans. Others amplify patriotism and faith.

The billboards will appear in Fort Myers, Lakeland, Melbourne, Orlando, Tampa, Titusville, north of Daytona Beach and between Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Charlotte

    October 12, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Sorry people. They don’t know what they are doing,

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Wow thank you! The goptrump cult still
    Believe the paranoid delusional racist sexist liar Traitor Trump! Brainwashed and braindead ! But MAYBE their common sense will be shakened! Thank you! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • Ocean Joe

    October 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    They know exactly what they are doing.
    They are putting country over party.

    The problem with today’s Republican party is that it’s full of yesterday’s Democrats. And you can keep them…including Donald Trump!

  • GIDGET FROM FLORIDA

    October 12, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    TOO BAD THESE GREAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THEY’RE NOT VOTING FOR BIDEN!!! HE’S ONLY THE DEMOCRATIC PUPPET. HE’LL BE REPLACED WITHIN THE FIRST 6-12 MONTHS! THEN, THE REAL WINNER WILL EMERGE… NANCY PELOSI! BECAUSE THEN SHE CAN HAVE HER FELLOW CALIFORNIAN LIBERAL, KAMALA HARRIS, MOVE INTO THE POSITION WHERE SHE WANTED HER IN THE FIRST PLACE! MAY GOD HELP AMERICA!

    I HOPE THESE PEOPLE ARE READY FOR A SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST COUNTRY ;(

  • James Robert Miles

    October 13, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Hey you idiot, Nancy Pelosi isn’t running for President and neither is Hillary or Obama so back off stupid! Geez, when they were passing out brains the GOP missed the boat!!

  • clay

    October 13, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    where on internet can i find pix of all the different type billboards

  • Joe Fatala

    October 13, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I’m an AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m voting for Biden.

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