A New Jersey woman who is a fervent supporter of Donald Trump is refusing a judge’s order to take down her anti-President Biden banners, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
According to The Times, Andrea Dick started hanging banners that displayed crude remarks toward Biden at her mother’s residence in Roselle Park.
Dick, 54 said that her neighbors started to make complaints about the crude manner of her banners, specifically expressing concern about the fact that Dick lives close to a school, The Times reported.
She refused to take her banners down after local officials, citing an anti-obscenity ordinance, asked her to do so. She was subsequently fined and summoned to a court appearance.
Roselle Park Municipal Court Judge Gary A. Bundy last week ordered Dick’s mother, Patricia Dilascio, to remove three of her daughter’s 10 banners or be fined $250 daily, the Times reported.
“It’s my First Amendment right, and I’m going to stick with that,” Dick said in an interview with the Times.
Roselle Park mayor Joseph Signorello III told The Times that he received complaints about Dick’s banners, saying that the town’s decision to remove them wasn’t “about politics in any way,” noting that they would do the same thing if a resident hung crude banners about Trump.
“It’s about decency,” Signorello told the newspaper.
Dick’s situation comes as incidents involving pro-Trump banners and flags have flared up in various states, including New York, Connecticut, Indiana and Tennessee.
Dick has said she will not follow the judge’s orders to remove her banners, stating she is looking for a new attorney to battle the issue, the Times noted.
“I’m not backing down,” Dick said.